Kamala Harris shoots down SCOTUS nominee rumors
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California Attorney General Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris campaign releases web video highlighting opposition to death penalty Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money MORE is shooting down speculation that she would be on the short list of potential nominees to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, according to the San Jose Mercury News
Harris, who is running for the open California Senate seat, on Wednesday said she is focused on her Senate bid and not interested in the position.
After the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday, Harris has been speculated as being on President Obama’s short list. Republicans have threatened to not consider a nominee until after the 2016 election.
“I’m not putting my name out there, I’m running for United States Senate,” Harris said while campaigning. “Let’s put that out there right now. That’s not where I’m headed.”
It would not be the first time Harris was floated for a promotion. Two years ago, there was speculation that she would be considered to succeed Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials We can't allow presidents and public opinion to further diminish the work of the press Democrats sue over North Carolina's congressional maps MORE as attorney general after he stepped down.
Harris, considered the front-runner, is running in California’s “jungle primary,” where all candidates run against one another regardless of party. She faces Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Republican rivals Tom Del Beccaro and Duf Sundheim.