ABC's Stephanopoulos: “This Sounds Like A New Rule ... That A President Can't Pick A Supreme Court Justice In His Or Her Final Year”

From the February 14 edition of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos:

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JOHN KASICH: You know what I said about the president, and, look, he's going to send somebody. The Senate's going to do nothing, George. You know my sense is, you're going to have a presidential election here. People will in a very unusual way indirectly sort of pick the next judge of -- justice of the Supreme Court. It's pretty interesting.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): It is pretty interesting, but this sounds like a new rule now. A rule that a president can't pick a Supreme Court justice in his or her final year.

KASICH: Well, George, you know, look, you know how polarized everything is. We have got to be real about things, and what I don't want to see is more fighting and more recrimination which is exactly what we're going to see. Let's just face up to this. We are very divided between President Obama and the Congress. And it's, you know, and look. When you have that kind of division, it's really hard to get this done. If I were president of the United States, you know, and I could keep the Congress together, of course I would send somebody. But it would probably be a different situation. But right now, just looking at it. It's one of the reasons I'm running for president. You know, they're Republicans and Democrats really in most cases before they're Americans. But the divisions are real. So let's just wait for an election, move beyond it, and then whoever we pick as a justice and gets confirmed will have broad consensus across the country and can start the healing process. 


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