Veteran appellate court judge Merrick Garland tears up during his acceptance of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomination. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Judge Merrick Garland got emotional as he accepted President Barack Obama's U.S. Supreme Court nomination. In an announcement in the Rose Garden at the White House, Garland teared up as he began speaking. "Thank you Mr. President this is the greatest honor of my life other than Lynn agreeing to marry me 28 years ago. It's also the greatest gift I've ever received, except there's another caveat, the birth of our daughters Jesse and Becky," an emotional Garland said. "Fidelity to the Constitution and the law has been the cornerstone of my professional life and it is the hallmark of the kind of judge I have tried to be for the past 18 years. If the Senate sees fit to confirm me to the position for which I have been nominated today I promise to continue on that course," he concluded. Considered a moderate, Garland, 63, is currently chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He was picked to replace long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13.