Bernie Sanders: I Would Withdraw Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Nominee


 | Reuters | Newsweek | March 18, 2016

Bernie Sanders said on Thursday night that he would ask President Barack Obama to withdraw his recent nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court if Sanders wins the November election.

In a surprise comment that Americans have heard only from Republicans, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate seemed to criticize Obama’s recent nomination while speaking with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who asked the candidate whether he would request Garland’s name be withdrawn so he could make his own pick for the next justice.

“Yes, I would,” Sanders said. “I’m 100 percent prepared to support Judge Garland. I think he’s clearly very knowledgeable and can serve ably on the Supreme Court.”

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