Reaction to the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court is rolling in. Here it is:
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.: “Since Supreme Court nominee hearings began in 1916, every nominee’s received a hearing, or been confirmed within days. I'm appalled that Senate Republicans are ignoring the Constitution and refusing to do their job. Hold a hearing, for gosh sakes, and then vote.”
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. “The president has every right to nominate someone, and the Senate has the Constitutional responsibility to decide if it’s the right person at the right time. I will not vote for this nominee to the Supreme Court.”
Missouri Sec. of State Jason Kander, Blunt’s likely fall opponent: “Missourians have spoken loud and clear that they want the Senate to do its job by vetting the nominee and taking a vote based on qualifications, not politics. As the vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, Senator Blunt should be a leader in ensuring his caucus fulfills its constitutional duty.”
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Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.: “President Obama is attempting to deny the American people a voice on the next Supreme Court justice. The next justice will have an effect on the courts for decades to come and should not be rushed through by a lame-duck president during an election year. This is not about the nominee, it is about giving the American people and the next president a role in selecting the next Supreme Court justice.”
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.: “I urge the Senate to give a fair hearing and timely vote to Chief Judge Garland, a judge who has demonstrated that he has the wisdom, legal expertise, and dedication to the Constitution to be an exceptional Supreme Court Justice.”
Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan.: “Instead of spending time on this issue that we cannot agree on, we should focus on the issues where we can, like keeping America safe and empowering our economy.”
Hillary Clinton: “This Senate has almost a full year to consider and confirm Judge Garland. It should begin that work immediately by giving Judge Garland a full and fair hearing followed by a vote. That is what the American people deserve, it is what our Constitution demands, and with millions of people’s lives in the balance, anything less is entirely unacceptable.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas: A so-called ‘moderate’ Democrat nominee is precisely the kind of deal that Donald Trump has told us he would make, someone who would rule along with other liberals on the bench like Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor.”
More as we get them.