WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Chicago-native Merrick Garland as his Supreme Court nominee in a Rose Garden ceremony on Wednesday morning.
One Democratic senator says Garland is a “bipartisan choice” for the Supreme Court. And Chuck Schumer of New York asks, “If the Republicans can’t support him, who can they support.”
He spoke after congressional sources said President Barack Obama nominated the federal appeals court judge to the Supreme Court Wednesday, to fill the seat.
There has been a vacancy on the nine-member court due to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but Republicans who run the Senate say they won’t consider an Obama nominee in an election year and want the next president to make that choice.