Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she supports President Obama a 100% ''in his fulfilling his constitutional duty to send a nominee for the court to the Senate.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the battle over the Supreme Court vacancy should be a voting issue in 2016, during a luncheon with members of America's first black sorority in Columbia, South Carolina on Wednesday (February 24). "Let's put the pressure on the Senate, let's support the president, let's see if we can't find a handful of Republicans who understand and will do their duty," said Clinton. President Barack Obama is considering appointing a moderate Republican to the Supreme Court, a source close to the process said on Wednesday, but leaders in the Republican-led Senate held firm to their threat to block anyone he nominates. The Feb. 13 death of long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia created a vacancy on the nine-seat court and ignited a political fight. Republicans are maneuvering to foil Obama's ability to choose a replacement who could tilt the court to the left for the first time in decades. Scalia's death left the court with four liberals and four conservatives. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday the Senate will not hold hearings or vote on any Supreme Court nominee until the next president takes office in January 2017, following the Nov. 8 presidential election. Republicans hope to win back the White House then.