WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s nomination of a merely moderate judge for the Supreme Court is putting one of his potential successors in a political bind.
Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland has received a cool reception from some of the progressive voters Hillary Clinton is trying to win over in her fight against Sen. Bernie Sanders.
They say Garland’s views on key issues are unknown. They’d rather put a more liberal justice on the court.
Clinton says Garland has a “brilliant legal mind,” and she is urging Republicans to confirm him. But her campaign won’t say whether she would keep up the push for Garland if she’s elected. Clinton’s campaign says it’s unlikely there will still be a vacancy.
Sanders says if he’s elected he’d ask Obama to pull the nomination.