Obama Vows to Nominate Judge’s Successor


He learned of Scalia’s death while golfing in California, addressed reporters just hours later.

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USA TODAY | By Gregory Korte:   President Obama said Saturday he would attempt to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, defying Senate Republicans who have said he should leave that responsibility to the next president in 2017.

“Obviously, today is a time to remember Justice Scalia’s legacy. I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time,” he said. “There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote.”

Obama was informed of Scalia’s death Saturday afternoon while golfing in Palm Springs, Calif. The president is in California for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit next week.

Addressing reporters just hours later, Obama said Scalia was a “larger than life presence on the bench, a brilliant legal mind with an energetic style, an incisive wit and colorful opinions.”


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