WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush says it doesn’t matter to him whether Senate Republicans vote on a Supreme Court nominee President Barack Obama may send to Capitol Hill to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Bush tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that the decision is up to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — who’s said there will be no such vote until Obama leaves office in January.
The Republican presidential candidate says it’s “really not important to me” whether there’s a vote before then.
That sentiment isn’t shared by Bush’s Republican presidential rivals. Soon after Scalia’s death, they were demanding that a prospective Obama nominee not get a vote.
Bush says Obama has “every right” to submit a nominee to the Senate. But the former Florida governor says he doesn’t think Obama would nominate someone who’s “in the mainstream.” He said that if Obama sends a nominee who’s out of what Bush considers “the mainstream,” Senate leaders should block or reject the nomination.