Ayotte says she won't meet with SCOTUS nominee

Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteBottom line Bottom line Bottom Line MORE (R-N.H.) says she will not meet with President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, arguing it should be up to the next president to fill the court vacancy.

"No, no ... in terms of the advise and consent process, I believe we should wait to have the people weigh in on who the next president is. And to weigh in, obviously, based on who ... that next president will nominate," Ayotte told Politico on Wednesday.


Ayotte is facing a tough reelection battle this November, against likely Democratic opponent New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Hassan issued a statement on Wednesday criticizing Ayotte's position, saying the senator "remains in lock-step with her party and continues to refuse to do her job."

Ayotte's statements come a day after Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee came to a consensus decision to not have hearings or a vote on a Supreme Court nominee in 2016.

"We believe the American people need to decide who is going to make this appointment, rather than a lame-duck president," Senate Republican Whip John CornynJohn CornynCOVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance From a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters Skepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal MORE (Texas) told reporters Tuesday after a special meeting of the committee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal MORE (R-Ky.) said he doesn't think a hearing should be held, adding that the decision should be made after the presidential election.

Obama, however, has said he plans to announce a nominee in the coming weeks.