Obama, Republicans take Supreme Court fight to airwaves

Posted at 7:03 AM, Mar 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-19 07:03:17-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle for the Supreme Court is on the Saturday airwaves.

In his weekly radio and internet address today, President Barack Obama calls again for Senate Republicans to consider his nominee, Merrick Garland.

In the Republican response, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis warns Democrats not to “seek to further divide our nation” by using the Supreme Court fight “to score cheap political points.”

Obama says the “Supreme Court is supposed to be above politics, not an extension of politics.”

He says denying Garland a Senate hearing and an up-or-down vote “would indicate a process for nominating and confirming judges that is beyond repair.”

Tillis repeats the argument that the president elected in November should choose the next justice.