WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said he plans to nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
“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.”
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died at the age of 79 Saturday. He died in his sleep during a visit to Texas.
Obama said Scalia had a “brilliant legal mind with an energetic style, incisive wit and colorful opinions.”
“He influenced a generation of judges and lawyers and students and profoundly shaped the legal landscape,” Obama said.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the American people should have a voice via the next president.
Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid said President Obama should have a nominee confirmed “right away.”