President Obama will wait until the Senate is in session to nominate a successor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Reuters reported late Sunday.
The news service’s White House correspondent tweeted that an administration official told him that the president will not push through a nominee this week.
Obama will not push through a Supreme Court appointment this week, will wait to nominate until Senate is in session -White House official— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) February 14, 2016
President Obama said late Saturday that he will nominate a successor “in due time."
Scalia’s death, in the midst of a presidential election, is likely to spark a firestorm.
“There is a long tradition that you don't do this in an election year,” GOP presidential candidate Ted CruzTed CruzWeek ahead in tech: Trump's antitrust pick heads before Senate Week ahead: Senate panel to vote on Trump's FDA pick Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE told Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press," early Sunday.
“And what this means, Chuck, is we ought to make the 2016 election a referendum on the Supreme Court.”
When asked if the Senate has an obligation to at least consider a nomination that President Obama puts forward, Cruz responded, “Not remotely.”
"There'll be an election in November and we're going to have a debate about what kind of justice should replace Scalia and the voters are going to get to vote for a new president," GOP hopeful Marco RubioMarco RubioTop Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms Rubio defends Trump: 'This whole flip-flop thing is a political thing' Rubio: Shutdown would have 'catastrophic impact' on global affairs MORE said on “Fox News Sunday.”
"We're not moving forward on it, period," he added.