Ryan joins calls to block Obama SCOTUS pick

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that he supports the Republican push to block a Supreme Court nomination from President Obama to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

"The Supreme Court is not an extension of the White House. The president has absolutely every right to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, but Congress as an equal branch also has every right not to confirm someone," Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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"We are knee deep into a presidential election, and I think the precedent for not filling a Supreme Court vacancy in such a time is justified," Ryan added. 

Ryan is backing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval MORE's (R-Ky.) call for the next president to fill the vacancy left by Scalia, who died unexpectedly in Texas over the weekend at age 79.
 
Democrats have called on the Senate to move on a replacement, while Republican presidential candidates have said whoever wins in November should make the pick, not Obama.
 
Referencing the Republican push to block a third Obama nominee, Ryan told the newspaper that "Democrats would be doing exactly the same thing if the shoe were on the other foot."