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Obama thinks he will have opportunity to nominate at least one more justice to Supreme Court

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EDGARTOWN, Mass. (CNN) — President Barack Obama thinks he’ll have the chance to nominate at least one more Supreme Court justice before his term in the White House is up.

Speaking to Democratic supporters at a fundraiser on Monday in Martha’s Vineyard, Obama used the potential decision to elicit support for Democrats, who he said needed to maintain control of the U.S. Senate in order for his picks to be confirmed.

“That’s why I need a Democratic Senate,” he said. “Not to mention the fact that we’re going to have Supreme Court appointments, and there are going to be a whole host of issues that many people here care about that are going to be determined by whether or not Democrats retain the Senate.”

Republicans, he said, think “solely in terms of their own ideological purposes and solely in terms of how do they hang on to power.”

A White House official said later Obama “meant to convey the important role the Senate would play in the event of a Supreme Court vacancy.”

His remarks “were not in reference to a specific vacancy,” the official said.

Retirement speculation at the high court has centered mostly around liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who at 81 says she has no plans to step down.

“All I can say is that I am still here and likely to remain for a while,” she told Katie Couric earlier this summer.

Democrats worry that if they lose control of the Senate, high court nominees will be blocked by Republicans. A rule enacted by Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid last year to eliminate filibusters for presidential nominations excluded Supreme Court picks, meaning in order to get a potential justice through the Senate, Obama may be forced to choose a less-liberal jurist.

During his time in office Obama has nominated two Supreme Court justices: Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

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4 comments

  • Jenni Jenz

    Let’s hope not. If the Supreme Court becomes liberal, America will become a spanish-speaking third-world dump just like mexico….because whatever small resistance we are currently giving against Illegals invading our country will go out the window. We might as well just start supporting ALL mexicans with our tax dollars for food stamps, welfare and free medical care. We can each take on a second job to cover the extra tax expense.

    • Joe

      Absolutely true, the criminals in the Democrat party under Obama, like Louis Learner and seeking destruction of our nation, stabbing us in the back right now, dumping criminals all over the nation, telling them to go get on welfare, and oh if they just want to be homeless to menace and molest society then, hey their cool with that too, it’s all part of their scheme.

  • jazzy

    Scalia? please go.

    This is why elections matter. If a Republican gets in office, we are all doomed. The 1% will get rich banking over seas and outsourcing our jobs. NO.