Sen. Ayotte Says She Won’t Meet With Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

AP

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said Wednesday that she wouldn’t meet with President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and wants to wait until after the presidential election to begin the process, Politico reported.

“No, no…in terms of the advise and consent process, I believe we should wait to have the people weigh in on who the next president is,” Ayotte told the publication. “And to weigh in, obviously, based on who…that next president will nominate.”

Ayotte joins a gaggle of other GOPers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who have said they will refuse to meet with Obama’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died at age 79 earlier this month.

McConnell again reiterated Tuesday on the Senate floor that Senate Republicans will block Obama’s nomination. Ayotte will face a tough contest as she seeks reelection against New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D).

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