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Obama Not Giving Up on Scalia Replacement

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 May 2016 09:26 AM

Despite not getting closer to its goal of convincing the Senate to hold hearings for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, the White House is not giving up on the effort, The Washington Post reports.

When Obama nominated Merrick Garland in March following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia the previous month, the partisan battle lines were already drawn.

Obama said the Senate should fulfill its constitutional duty and hold hearings to give the nominee a fair chance and then vote whether or not to confirm him.

However, Republicans who control the Senate said that since the vacancy occurred during an election campaign, it should be up to the next president to put forth a nomination. They argued this would give voters a say in the determination of the ideological direction of the Supreme Court.

Those two different viewpoints have been repeated ad nauseam ever since and not much has changed.

But that has not stopped the White House backed advocacy group urging for Garland's confirmation from starting a new digital ad campaign targeting states in which Republican senators are up for re-election.

The campaign organizers hope that by highlighting the call of Republican officials and voters who think the Senate should hold hearings for Garland, they can convince residents in those key states to pressure their GOP senators to move the process forward.

One Republican official who disagrees with his party is New York congressman Daniel Donovan. The Observer reports Donovan urged the Senate to judge Garland on his abilities and to reject the idea of stalling tactics, especially since the Supreme Court is left unable to do important work and has returned several 4-4 decisions since the seat has become vacant.

Before this ad campaign started, only two of the 54 Republican senators had stated they support hearings for Garland, and only 15 GOP senators had even agreed to meet privately with Garland to get to know him.

After three months of the same arguments back and forth, it is unclear why supporters believe that this campaign will be any different in convincing these senators to change their minds.

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Despite not getting closer to its goal of convincing the Senate to hold hearings for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, the White House is not giving up on the effort, The Washington Post reports.
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