Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said on Feb. 13 that he doesn't want "this president" to choose the U.S. Supreme Court judge to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died earlier that day.
Grassley wrote on his Senate website page: "The fact of the matter is that it’s been standard practice over the last nearly 80 years that Supreme Court nominees are not nominated and confirmed during a presidential election year."
The Washington Post notes that the last time a Supreme Court Justice was confirmed (97 to 0) in an election year was in 1988, after President Ronald Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy, which was 28 years ago.
Grassley voted for Kennedy's confirmation in 1988, according to the Library of Congress.
Grassley added on his website: "Given the huge divide in the country, and the fact that this President, above all others, has made no bones about his goal to use the courts to circumvent Congress and push through his own agenda, it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice.”