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Toomey: 'Wise' to let next president fill high court vacancy

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 16, 2016 1:09 PM
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Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speaks during a roundtable discussion, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania office in Philadelphia.

(Harrisburg) -- Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania is reiterating that he believes President Barack Obama shouldn't fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Toomey's statement Wednesday came after Obama nominated federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Toomey is running for re-election to his swing-state seat. His stance drew a swift attack by Democrat Katie McGinty, who's running in the party's four-way primary.

McGinty's campaign says it's airing a TV ad starting Wednesday in which McGinty accuses Toomey of obstructionism and trying to create a court that's an extension of "Republican partisan politics."

Toomey says he'd consider Garland's nomination, if he's nominated by Obama's successor. But he says it's "wise" to let voters pick a new president.

An earlier version:

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania is reiterating that he believes President Barack Obama shouldn't fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Toomey's statement Wednesday comes after Obama nominated federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Toomey is among the Republican senators who say they'll refuse to consider an Obama nominee.

In his statement, Toomey says it's ``wise'' to let voters pick a new president first, since the Supreme Court's balance is at stake and the election is in November.

He says he'd consider Garland's nomination, if he's nominated by Obama's successor.

Toomey is running for re-election to his swing-state seat.

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