Hillary: Republicans calling for seat to remain vacant 'dishonor our Constitution'


Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton camp asks AP to correct tweet about meetings probe FULL SPEECH: Donald Trump in Tampa, Florida Trump vows to protect jobs, wages for Hispanic voters MORE is assailing Republicans for arguing that the Supreme Court seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia should remain vacant until a new president is elected.

Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the White House, said the Senate has a responsibility to consider a nominee from President Obama.

"The Republicans in the Senate and on the campaign trail who are calling for Justice Scalia's seat to remain vacant dishonor our Constitution," the former secretary of State said in a statement.

"The Senate has a constitutional responsibility here that it cannot abdicate for partisan political reasons."

Scalia, 79, was found dead on Saturday at a hunting ranch in Texas. He was among the most reliably conservative votes on the Supreme Court, which has for years has seen decisions fall along 5-4 lines, with the five justices chosen by Republican presidents often voting together.

GOP presidential candidates on Saturday quickly said the upper chamber, which confirms nominees to the high court, should not allow Obama to fill the seat during his final year in office.

"Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, and the nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next president names his replacement," Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump: Rick Perry would 'do well' against Cruz Conway, Kelly clash over Trump’s use of personal insults Top aide: Trump 'doesn't hurl personal insults' MORE (R-Texas) said in a tweet.

"The next president must nominate a justice who will continue Justice Scalia's unwavering belief in the founding principles that we hold dear," Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioPoll: Trump holds narrow lead over Clinton in Florida Clinton enjoying edge over Trump in Silicon Valley The Trail 2016: Trump works to widen his appeal MORE (R-Fla.) said.

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