United States Sen. Deb Fischer sticks with her position that the Senate shouldn’t consider any Supreme Court nominee made by President Barack Obama.
Fischer rejects suggestions that Republican senators are betting on a risky political strategy in not considering an Obama nominee.
“This should be left up to the American people,” Fischer responds during a conference call with Nebraska reporters. “It’s not a question of strategy. It should be left up to the American people.”
Senate leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has reiterated the stance of Republicans who hold the majority in the United States Senate.
“I don’t know how many times we need to keep saying this: The Judiciary Committee has unanimously recommended to me that there be no hearing. I’ve said repeatedly and I’m now confident that my conference agrees that this decision ought to be made by the next president, whoever is elected,” McConnell told reporters in Washington earlier this week.
Fischer and other Republicans argue the next president, whether Republican or Democrat, should choose the next Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia
Some suggest Republicans might be overplaying their hand. They argue the GOP has leverage over President Obama now, giving them an advantage to shape who the president might nominate. Democrats could regain the advantage, especially if they retain the White House and recapture the Senate majority. Under that scenario, Democrats would be in a position to replace the conservative Scalia with a liberal of their choosing.
Fischer says such speculation misses the point.
“It’s not a strategy. It’s listening to the American people.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin report [:45]