Colorado Senators Split Over New Supreme Court Nominee

February 16, 2016

Colorado's Republican Sen. Corey Gardner has signaled that he'll use his vote to keep President Obama from successfully adding a new U.S. Supreme Court justice, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. 

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"I join Leader McConnell and several of my colleagues in allowing for the American people to play a role in the selection process when they cast their ballots in November," Gardner said in a statement to the Denver Post. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the Supreme Court vacancy should not be filled until a new president has been elected.

Gardner did say that Congress may confirm an Obama nominee, one "who can win over the majority in the Senate."

But Colorado's Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet says that the Senate needs to keep partisan politics out of the equation. 
"This is an important responsibility," he said in a statement. "The Senate should fulfill its Constitutional obligation without letting partisan politics intervene. When the president nominates someone, that person should get a full and fair review."

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