In light of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Republicans have announced they want to block any nomination President Obama makes and wait until after the 2016 election. Democrats are saying that it’s unheard of, but technically the idea is not even out of the norm in the state of New York.
Republicans are now reminding Democrats of a speech Senator Chuck Schumer’s gave in 2007, encouraging Dems to block a nomination under George W Bush in his last year in office.
But, Schumer is firing back at Republicans, saying he was simply referring to his concern regarding Bush’s SCOTUS picks and a concern for too many Conservatives on the bench, not because it was Bush’s last year in office.
Schumer thinks Republicans are now alienating voters.
“When you go right off the bat and say, I don’t care who he nominates, I am going to oppose him, that’s not going to fly,” he says.
Senator Schumer has been especially vocal on this topic for Democrats because he is expected to lead the party once Harry Reid retires.
The topic of replacing Justice Scalia will undoubtedly come up during Wednesday night’s Republican town hall.
Dr. Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio will meet for the CNN town hall at 8 p.m. Donald Trump is participating in a separate town hall meeting on MSNBC at the same time.
While we will likely see Republican front-runner Donald Trump take a few insults from his competitors during the town hall, he is also directly taking heat from the President himself. Barack Obama called out Trump and no surprise the business mogul fired back.
Obama told reporters he believes the American people will not elect Trump, but Trump addressed the President himself saying, “You’re lucky I didn’t run last time when Romney ran because you would’ve been a one-term president.”
On the Democratic side of the race, the once undisputed front-runner is now looking for a boost.
A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Hillary Clinton with just a two point lead over her competitor Bernie Sanders.
Clinton has 44 percent among Democrats nationwide while Sanders nabbed 42 percent. A whopping 11 percent say they are still undecided.