POLL: Obama mourns Scalia, will nominate successor

Antonin Scalia
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2015, file photo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia waits during an introduction before speaking at the University of Minnesota as part of the law school's Stein Lecture series in Minneapolis.(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

President Barack Obama says he plans to fulfill his constitutional responsibility and nominate a successor to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

In a direct rebuttal to Senate Republicans, Obama says there is plenty of time for the Senate to confirm his choice. Some Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, say the decision should rest with the next president in January 2017.

Obama pointedly calls the decision “bigger than any one party.” He says it is about democracy.

Obama is praising the late justice as a brilliant legal mind who influenced generation of lawyers and students.

Click here to see the reaction to Scalia’s death from presidential candidates, politicians, former Presidents, and others.

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