Dem: Obama should pick a moderate SCOTUS nominee
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Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' Meet the dog and 'sea turtle' who launched campaigns for office Senators demand briefing on Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria MORE (D-Del.) is urging President Obama to name a centrist to the Supreme Court, suggesting the White House should avoid nominating an "ideologue." 

"I think the president absolutely should nominate the most qualified, the most confirmable, the most centrist candidate possible," Coons said Tuesday. "I do not think that President Obama should seek to replace [Justice Antonin Scalia] with a comparably progressive nominee."
 
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Since Scalia's death on Feb. 13, Washington has been debating what sort of justice Obama should name: a more centrist judge previously confirmed by the Senate, which could make it harder for Republicans to block the nominee, or a more progressive nominee who could rally Democrats ahead of the fall elections. 
 
Coons, who said he has spoken to the White House, added that the president should stay away from nominating an overly partisan person and pick someone whose "moderation and experience and inclinations would commend them to any Senate."
 
Coons, a member of the Judiciary Committee, suggested he was going to reach out to rank-and-file Republicans about having a "constructive conversation" on how to avoid a partisan fight over the Supreme Court. 
 
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