Say what?: Supreme Court Nominee
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —
After the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, someone has to be chosen to fill the void on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Few presidents have successfully filled a vacancy during his final year in office.
We took to the streets, Wednesday, to ask Kirksville-area residents, should congress delay the vote for a Supreme Court nominee until a new president is elected?
"I believe the next president should elect the new justice because the justice would be serving in the next president's term, no president Obama's term," said student Zack White.
"Definitely Obama, because he's in office right now. Feel like it's his responsibility and duty to do that," said Matt Yancy.
"It is the President's prerogative and duty to do that. He is still president until November," Christian Flanery stated.
"I think president Obama should get to elect him for sure."
"Why is that?"
"We need to have it immediately. I'm a big supporter of President Obama. This would be a huge chance for him actually to leave something behind from his presidency," Truman student, Zack Adams said.
The senate has never taken more than 125 days to vote-in a successor, and President Obama's term is up in 340 days.
In the words of the current president, "there's no unwritten law that says that it can only be done in 'off' years."