GOP senator to Obama: Nominate justice that reflects 'will of the people'
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Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.) on Wednesday called for President Obama to nominate a Supreme Court justice that has a chance to be approved by the Senate — breaking with Senate GOP colleagues who are determined not to consider any Obama nominee. 

Heller said in a statement that the president should "use this opportunity to put the will of the people ahead of advancing a liberal agenda on the nation’s highest court.

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“The chances of approving a new nominee are slim, but Nevadans should have a voice in the process," he added.
 
"Should [Obama] decide to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, who knows, maybe it’ll be a Nevadan," Heller said, in an apparent reference to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.
 
The comments comments are a steep departure from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse chairman asks CDC director to testify on reopening schools during pandemic Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Pelosi says House won't cave to Senate on worker COVID-19 protections MORE (R-Ky.), who hours after Scalia's death on Saturday called for Obama to not nominate a replacement, instead leaving the decision for whoever is elected president this November.