Sen. Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonPressure builds from GOP to delay internet domain transition Juan Williams: Electoral map looks grim for Trump The Trail 2016: Sanders who? MORE (R-Wis.) suggested Thursday he would be willing to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, though it won't change his position.
Johnson: I would meet with SCOTUS nominee
"I have no problem with meeting with people," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I'll have to say, I'm not sure what the point will be."
Johnson, considered one of the most vulnerable senators up for reelection, is the latest Republican to split with Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGOP leaders rip VA chief over Disneyland comparison Reid knocks GOP over 'light' Senate schedule GOP mired in Zika dispute MORE (R-Ky.) and say he would accept a meeting if the White House reaches out.
So far, that hasn't happened. "No one has tried to set up a meeting," Johnson said.
Johnson has said he believes the court seat should remain vacant until next year, though he would be willing to vote if Republican leadership decides to move forward with the nomination.
Republican Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteVA secretary comes under fire for comparing wait times to Disneyland Juan Williams: Electoral map looks grim for Trump Liberal super-PAC hits Johnson for supporting Trump MORE (N.H.), Mark KirkMark KirkDuckworth: VA secretary's Disneyland comment 'tone-deaf' GOP lawmaker: 'Republicans were wrong’ to block Garland VA secretary comes under fire for comparing wait times to Disneyland MORE (Ill.) and Rob PortmanRob PortmanJuan Williams: Electoral map looks grim for Trump McConnell touts 'Senate squad' in Wes Anderson-style video Liberal super-PAC hits Johnson for supporting Trump MORE (Ohio) — who are in reelection fights that, along with Johnson's, will help decide which party controls the Senate next year — have also said they would be willing to meet with Garland.
Portman and Ayotte, however, suggested Wednesday they would use the meetings to explain why they think Justice Antonin Scalia's seat should remain vacant until the next president is sworn in.
Republican senators, including Johnson, have been under an onslaught of pressure from Democrats and outside groups to reverse their position and support taking up Obama's nominee.
Obama and Vice President Biden endorsed former Sen. Russ Feingold, who is hoping to unseat Johnson, earlier Thursday.
Johnson isn't the only Republican senator who suggested Thursday they would be open to meeting with Garland.
Separately, Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchGrassley worried about FCC box proposal Overnight Finance: Path clears for Puerto Rico bill | GOP senator casts doubt on IRS impeachment | Senate approves .1B for Zika GOP senators: Obama bathroom guidance is 'not appropriate' MORE (R-Utah) said Thursday he would agree to a meeting, though it wouldn't change his position. He also spoke with Garland Wednesday.