U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden and retired federal judge Timothy Lewis call on the Senate to vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden was joined by retired federal judge Timothy Lewis in urging the U.S. Senate to vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. The two appeared on the White House weekly address, in place of President Barack Obama. Garland, 63, was picked to replace long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13. A Chicagoan like Obama, he serves as chief judge of the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is a former prosecutor who in the past has won praise from both Republicans and Democrats. Despite his centrist views, the Republican-led Senate's leaders have vowed not to hold confirmation hearings or an up-or-down vote on any Obama nominee. Republicans, hoping a candidate from their party wins the presidential election, are demanding that Obama leave the seat vacant and let his successor, to be sworn in next January, make the selection.