Bush: 'There shouldn't be deference' on nominee
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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush in an interview Monday morning urged Senate Republicans to block President Obama from nominating a Supreme Court justice, taking a harder stance than during the latest GOP debate.

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“I am taking a position,” the former Florida governor told NBC’s “Today Show.” “If there is an up-or-down vote, it should be rejected based on the history of how President Obama selects judges.”

Bush suggested during the GOP presidential debate Saturday night that he didn’t care whether Obama nominated a new Supreme Court justice. He then told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that it’s “really not important to me” whether the Senate votes on the nomination.

On Monday, Bush moved away from those comments, urging Senate Republicans to block the nomination.

“What shouldn’t happen in a election year, a president in a very divisive kind of time, [shouldn’t] nominate and have it be passed,” he said. "There shouldn’t be deference.”

Bush joins other Republican presidential candidates who have called on the Senate to block Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

President Obama responded to the sudden death of conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia over the weekend by promising to replace him before he leaves office.

This sets up a big fight with Senate Republicans, who are under pressure to block the nomination from the lame-duck president in hopes that a GOP president will win the 2016 election and pick a more conservative justice to replace Scalia.

If President Obama is successful in pushing a nomination through the Senate, it could tilt the make up of the Supreme Court in a liberal direction.