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Florida reaction to Obama's Supreme Court nominee



President Obama today nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Reaction from Florida:

Sen. Bill Nelson: “The Senate has a constitutional responsibility to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court and I take that responsibility very seriously. Today, the president nominated Judge Merrick Garland to serve on our nation’s highest court and I hope that the Senate is given a chance to fully consider this nominee.”

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Senate candidate Patrick Murphy: "Today, President Obama put forward a nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court and it's time for Senate Republicans to do their job. The Republican obstructionists who have vowed to stop any nominee from even being considered are doing a disservice to the American people — and are betraying the democratic values laid out in our Constitution. Americans are tired of the gridlock in Washington, and in the U.S. Senate I'll always fight to cut through the dysfunction and get things done for our nation."

Senate candidate David Jolly: "I don't see the nominee getting approved this year, but I do think the senate has an obligation to to hold a hearing and consider holding a vote....But rejecting a nominee is not obstructionist."

Senate candidate Carlos Beruff: "Republicans in the United States Senate must stand strong against President Obama’s liberal Supreme Court nominee. The American people elected a Republican Senate in direct response to the extreme agenda of this administration, and that Senate has a responsibility to do whatever it can to stop Obama from further damaging our country.”

Senate candidate Carlos Lopez-Cantera: "I strongly oppose President Obama's decision to blatantly ignore precedent and the will of the American people by putting up a Supreme Court nominee during an election year. This President has proven we cannot trust him to uphold the Constitution, and we cannot trust that a nominee he puts forward will rule in accordance with the Constitution. I encourage Sen. McConnell to continue to stay fast in his usage of the checks and balances of the United States Senate."

Senate candidate Todd Wilcox: "Let's be clear about what is at stake here: President Obama has spent seven years trampling on our Constitution - going after gun rights, states' rights, religious freedom and the privacy rights of each and every American. Today's nomination sideshow is Obama's swan song attempt to destroy the basic rights on which this country was founded once and for all. Senators must fight this until the American people have an opportunity to put in place conservatives who, like Justice Scalia, understand the basic principles of liberty and freedom as enshrined in our Constitution by our Founders from this nation's very beginning."

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:26pm]


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