© 2024 WNIJ and WNIU
Northern Public Radio
801 N 1st St.
DeKalb, IL 60115
Northern Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
WNIJ and WNIU will be undergoing transmitter maintenance on 5/22 from 12am - 4am. We may be off-air for short periods during that time. Please listen to our webstream if you cannot receive us on the radio.

Kirk Says President Obama Should Nominate Scalia Successor

Ken Hammond

Republican Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says President Obama should nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. 

In a Chicago Sun-Times column posted Monday, Kirk says the constitution gives the president -- Republican or Democrat -- the right to send a nominee to the Senate. He says he swore an oath to uphold the constitution, "not to a party or any one individual.'' 

Kirk says Obama should select someone "who can bridge differences.''

Kirk's position differs from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans, who say the next president should choose Scalia's successor. 

It also comes as Kirk is facing a difficult re-election bid.  The Democrats vying for a chance to unseat him say Obama should fill the vacancy and called on Kirk to take a definitive position. 

Related Stories