Pres. Obama Speaks Out on SCOTUS and GOP Candidates

In this photo taken De. 18, 2015, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the briefing room at the White House in Washington. On Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, the president signed emergency declaration and ordered federal aid for Flint, Mich., authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Homeland Security Department to coordinate relief efforts. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) – President Barack Obama says Republicans have no constitutional grounds to refuse to vote on a Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

He says, “We’re going to find somebody who is an outstanding legal mind. Somebody who cares deeply about our democracy and the rule of law. There’s not going to be any particular position on any particular issue that determines whether or not I nominate them but I’m going to present somebody who is indisputably qualified for the seat and any fair-minded person, even someone who disagreed with my politics would say would serve with honor and integrity on the court.”

Obama also challenged his political foes in the Senate to rise above the “venom and rancor” that has paralyzed judicial nominations.

President Obama also discussed the GOP candidates, making the rather bold claim that Donald Trump will never be the leader of the United States.

“I continue to believe that Mr. Trump will not be President. And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people and I think they recognize that being president is a serious job. It’s not hosting a talk show or a reality show. It’s not promotion. It’s not marketing. It’s hard, and a lot of people count on us getting it right.”

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