Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the American people should send a clear message to Republicans aiming to block a Supreme Court justice nomination: ''That is not the way our constitution works.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a town hall in Elko, Nevada that the recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia should not mean Republicans try to wait for the next president in order to consider whomever President Barack Obama appoints for the vacancy. "If the Republicans in the Senate act as though they have no responsibility to work with the President to fill that vacant position, because they want to see how the election comes out, the people of this country should send a very clear message: that is not the way our Constitution works," Clinton said. Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates hardened their positions on blocking a move by President Barack Obama to fill the Supreme Court seat left by the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, a lifetime appointment that would help decide some of the most divisive issues facing Americans. The next justice could tilt the balance of the nation's highest court, which was left with four conservatives and four liberals. The vacancy quickly became an issue in the 2016 presidential race.