Republicans told Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) that they would have opposed whomever Obama nominated to the Supreme Court, the Vermont Democratic told the Associated Press.

Republican senators "were going to object no matter who it was," said Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "And several of them have told me that privately."

He later quipped that the GOP would fight the nomination "even if the President had nominated Moses."

Leahy's comments come as Republicans are demanding additional time to examine new documents relating to Sonia Sotomayor's work at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.