Obama to enter nomination fight with legacy on court at stake


Kevin Liptak | CNN | February 13, 2016

Rancho Mirage, California (CNN) President Barack Obama entered what’s certain to become an acrimonious election-year battle Saturday, declaring he would act “in due time” to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose sudden death was announced Saturday.

“There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote,” Obama said, adding that Scalia was a “towering legal figure.”

He continued, “These are responsibilities that I take seriously, as should everyone. They’re bigger than any one party. They are about our democracy. They’re about the institution to which Justice Scalia dedicated his professional life.”
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