Rubio: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Wise’ For Obama To Nominate A New Justice

AP

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said Sunday that he didn’t “think it’s wise” for President Barack Obama to try and nominate a new Supreme Court justice.

Obama said Saturday that he would seek a nomination “in due time” after Justice Antonin Scalia died at age 79. NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd asked Rubio if he thought the Senate had an obligation to have a hearing.

“We’re going to have an election in November where this vacancy is going to be an item of debate and voters are going to get their weigh in. So I just don’t think it’s wise,” Rubio said.

Rubio said the Senate would “go through the motions,” but not “while Barack Obama’s in the White House.”

“Here’s the bottom line, I don’t trust Barack Obama on the appointment of Supreme Court justices,” Rubio said. “We cannot afford to have Scalia replaced by someone like the nominees he’s put there in the past. We’re going to have an election, there’s going to be a new president, I believe it’s going to be me, and we’re going to look for someone that most resembles Scalia to replace him.”

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