ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Hillary Clinton predicted Monday that President Barack Obama will nominate someone who’s already been confirmed by the Senate to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Democratic candidate for president said that would potentially increase pressure on resistant Republicans to consider Obama’s choice for the high court.
“I’m hoping that we will get somebody nominated that will get people saying, ‘Hey, the only reason you’re blocking this is pure partisanship, so do your duty,'” Clinton said in response to a question at a campaign stop in the remote northeastern Nevada mining town of Elko.
She added that some judges now serving on the federal appeals courts “were confirmed 99-0” by the Senate. At a later forum on health care in Reno, Clinton said the longest confirmation process ever was for Justice Clarence Thomas. “That took 100 days,” Clinton said. “We have 340 days.”