Obama, Republicans to Meet on Supreme Court Vacancy
U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting Senate Republican leaders Tuesday to discuss his planned appointment to the Supreme Court.
The nine-member court has an opening following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last month. But Republicans have said Obama should not make an appointment to the lifetime position in his final year in office, instead leaving that to whomever is the next president.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said ahead of the White House meeting they intend to reiterate that message.
Obama will be joined by fellow Democrats Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Patrick Leahy.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday the president is open to discussion, but that the Republican position "makes it hard for him to engage constructively." He said the court is at risk of being "blatantly politicized."
Hillary and Trump Ahead Going into Super Tuesday
The race to be the next president of the United States has its most important day so far Tuesday as candidates compete in 13 states. Those trailing in polls hope to make major moves to catch a pair of frontrunners who lead by double digits.
Tuesday is hugely important for Republicans with businessman Donald Trump riding a three-state winning streak and favored in 10 of the so-called "Super Tuesday" states. Trump trails only in the southern state of Texas, where Senator Ted Cruz hopes to capture his home turf.
The key will not be how many states Trump wins, but how well Cruz and fellow Senator Marco Rubio perform.
In the Democratic race, a CNN/ORC poll released Monday showed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton widening her national lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at 55 to 38 percent. Clinton also has a huge lead in the Democratic delegates awarded so far.