KUSA - Colorado’s senators stayed within party lines when asked their take on how to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia following his death on Saturday.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) said he supports Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s stance that voters should play a role in choosing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement.
That’s according to a statement Gardner released to 9NEWS on Monday, which also sought to frame the issue as hinging on who President Barack Obama names as his choice.
"President Obama has to make a decision. He can either propose a nominee who can win over the majority in the Senate, or defer his choice to the voters, who in November will elect a new President and a new Senate, which will be responsible for confirming a nominee who will provide balance to the Supreme Court,” Gardner’s statement said. “This is the President's opportunity to put what's best for the country over politics, and act in a selfless and bipartisan manner.”
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) also called for a bipartisan approach to evaluating potential Supreme Court nominees.
“The Senate should fulfill its Constitutional obligation without letting partisan politics intervene,” Bennet said in a written statement provided to 9NEWS. “When the President nominates someone, that person should get a full and fair review.”
Despite vows by many Republicans to block his nominations, Obama has already started the process of narrowing down potential successors to Scalia.
According to USA TODAY, he could make a nomination as soon as next week, when the Senate returns from a week-long recess.
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