McConnell: No Supreme Court Justice Hearing

| by Sean Kelly
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of KentuckyRepublican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky

In an interview on ABC's "This Week," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doubled down on his opposition to confirming President Barrack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

Despite Obama nominating Merrick Garland for the late Antonin Scalia's Supreme Court seat, McConnell remained firm that the Senate would not move forward in confirming a nomination until after November's presidential election.

"The American people are in the middle of choosing who the next president is going to be," McConnell said. "That next president ought to have this appointment.”

Not all Republicans agreed with McConnell's stance on the nomination.  Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois said that Senate Republicans should "man up and vote" on Garland. Despite the differing opinions within the party, McConnell said he was certain he could keep them together on the issue.

"Most of my members are comfortable with letting the American People make this decision be electing the next president who will fill this vacancy next year," he said.

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich recently clarified comments he made during an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press" regarding Garland's nomination.

"I think they can go ahead and have a meeting with him," he said on the show.

"The senators can meet with this gentleman. And then maybe ultimately, if I'm president — which I think [I] have a good shot at being — maybe he'll be under consideration for the Supreme Court. I don't know. But they ought to meet with him. Show him that amount of respect."

Kasich later walked back on his comments while speaking in Utah, saying that he was just being polite:

In an effort to be polite today, I've created little bit of a situation. 

Look, you know, Garland is — I'm gonna have my own picks for the Supreme Court. You know, the fact is, I said that they ought to meet him and talk to him and [...] I'm not gonna pick somebody who's [...] obviously not a respecter of the Second Amendment. I don't want people making law and so nobody should be confused, worked up or upset. He's not gonna be my pick for the Supreme Court.

Sources: ABC News, NBC News / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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