Obama Says He Will Nominate Scalia Successor to Supreme Court

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) -
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia during a statement delivered in Rancho Mirage, California February 13, 2016. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia during a statement delivered in Rancho Mirage, California February 13, 2016. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Obama says he will “fulfill my Constitutional responsibility” to nominate Scalia successor to Supreme Court.

In a direct rebuttal to Senate Republicans, Obama says there is plenty of time for the Senate to confirm his choice. Some Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, say the decision should rest with the next president in January 2017.

Obama pointedly calls the decision “bigger than any one party.” He says it is about democracy.

Obama is praising the late justice as a brilliant legal mind who influenced generation of lawyers and students.