Election 2016

Ronald Reagan's Message to Republicans Who Want to Block Obama's Next Supreme Court Nominee

Reagan nominated a Supreme Court justice less than 14 months before he left office.

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Senate Republicans are claiming that the next president should get to choose Antonin Scalia's replacement. The GOP candidates nearly all agreed that President Obama should not appoint Scalia's replacement. They should listen to their idol, Ronald Reagan.

Reagan once said, "It would be unfair to the parties with cases before the Supreme Court and unfair to the remaining members of the court to be left without nine full-time justices. Each of us owes a sacred debt to our ancestors and to the citizens of the future."
 
Less than 14 months before he left office, Reagan nominated Justice Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court.
 
WATCH: Reagan's statement at the end of his second term:

 

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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