John Kasich: Senate Republican Should Meet With Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee
Ohio Governor John Kasich told CBS’s Face the Nation that Senate Republicans should at least meet with the Merrick Garland, the Washington D.C. judge President Obama nominated to fill the seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
“I never thought the president should send it because I knew nothing was going to happen. Frankly, they probably ought to all sit down and meet with the guy,” he said.
“My feeling is, at the end of the day, whoever gets elected president should be in a position to be able to pick, you know, who they want and the American people will either decide by voting for a Republican or Democrat what the makeup of the court is,” he said, stopping short of saying Senate Republican should confirm the nominee.
The Hill reports:
He suggested that if he’s elected president, he would consider nominating Garland.
“Well, you know, he received, you know, overwhelming support, I think even from Sen. Hatch, so of course we’d think about it,” Kasich said. “The way we do it, John [Dickerson], is we look at a person’s record. I want a conservative who’s not going to make the law but who will interpret the law and somebody of high standing. I don’t care about their peccadilloes, you know, 30 years ago.”