President Obama Blogs About Supreme Court Selection Process

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WASHINGTON - Despite heavy political rhetoric urging President Obama to defer nominating a Supreme Court Justice to the next President of the United States, he says it’s a responsibility he takes seriously, and plans to fulfill in the “weeks ahead.”

In his blog, President Obama laid out criteria for a Supreme Court Justice. He says he is looking for someone with a “sterling record” and “seeks judges who approach decisions without any particular ideology or agenda.”

Meantime, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell showed little sign of changing his mind.

An aide to McConnell said his office is working on arranging a meeting with Obama and senators from both parties. If the meeting takes place, McConnell plans to tell President Obama he doesn’t think a nominee should be selected until a new president is in place.

Not all Republicans are in agreement.

Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times:

“I recognize the right of the president, be it Republican or Democrat, to place before the Senate a nominee for the Supreme Court and I fully expect and look forward to President Barack Obama advancing a nominee for Senate to consider."

Kirk added “My sincerest hope is that President Obama nominates someone who captures the sentiment he spoke about before the Illinois General Assembly this month – a nominee who can bridge differences, a nominee who finds common ground and a nominee who does not speak or act in the extreme.”

Vice President Joe Biden said in recent interviews President Obama is looking for a “consensus candidate” and not a partisan jurist.

The next Supreme Court Justice will replace Antonin Scalia, who died February 13. Scalia served on the Court for nearly 30 years.

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