GOP senator to Obama: Nominate justice that reflects 'will of the people'
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Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary 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 McConnellFury over Trump Syria decision grows Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey for Syria offensive | Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire | Pelosi, Graham seek deal on sanctions | Ex-Trump aide testifies in impeachment probe Trump: Let Assad, Russia or China protect the Kurds 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.