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GOP Sens. Kirk, Collins Back Vote on Obama High Court Nominee

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 Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois (Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 22 Feb 2016 06:58 PM

Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk referenced a stroke that almost killed him at the age of 52 while revealing Monday that he supports President Barack Obama's right to nominate a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

In an opinion piece published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Kirk, who is up for re-election this year and considered vulnerable, writes that his near-death experience "forged for me a renewed sense of clarity and purpose — that I will fight to do right for Illinois all the time."

And for him, that means breaking with his party and supporting a hearing and vote on Obama's Supreme Court pick.

"I know we all share this common goal [of doing right]; unfortunately the volume of rancor and partisanship in Washington makes it hard sometimes for us to achieve our full promise," Kirk wrote.

"I recognize the right of the president, be it Republican or Democrat, to place before the Senate a nominee for the Supreme Court and I fully expect and look forward to President Barack Obama advancing a nominee for the Senate to consider," he added.

"My sincerest hope is that President Obama nominates someone who captures the sentiment he spoke about before the Illinois General Assembly this month — a nominee who can bridge differences, a nominee who finds common ground and a nominee who does not speak or act in the extreme," Kirk wrote.

"Such a selection by the president would demonstrate a break from the rancor and partisanship of Washington and a real commitment to a new beginning even as his own term nears its end."

Later on Monday, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate Republican who is not facing re-election this year, told CNN that she supports the right of Obama to submit a nominee for consideration.

"For my part, it's clear that the President can send up a nominee – regardless of where he is before he leaves office," Collins said.

"It is the duty of the Senate, under the Constitution, to give our advice and give our consent or withhold our consent. I believe we should follow the regular order and give careful consideration to any nominee that the president may send to the Senate."

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