Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on President Obama’s plan to nominate a replacement for the recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia, criticizing Republicans for calling on the next elected president to make the nomination.
Biden told Minnesota Public Radio’s host Cathy Wurzer that “the Senate gets to have a say. So in order to get this done, the president is not going to be able to go out, nor would it be his instinct anyway, to pick the most liberal jurist in the nation and put them on the court.”
Biden added that “there are plenty of judges who are on high courts already who have had unanimous support of the Republicans.”
The Vice President also criticized Republicans for urging Obama to hold off filling the Supreme Court vacant seat, comparing the situation to not filling the office of the presidency.
“To leave the seat vacant at this critical moment in American history is a little bit like saying, ‘God forbid something happen to the president and the vice president, we’re not going to fill the presidency for another year and a half.’”
Biden is in Minnesota touting the administrations rescue of the auto industry and the benefits of the economic stimulus Obama signed into law in 2009.