Today, President Obama publicly announced Merrick Garland as his nomination for Supreme Court Justice. This vacancy, left in the wake of Antonin Scalia’s death, caused a commotion on both sides of the aisle. Many Republicans were pushing for the vacancy to be filled by the next president and for President Obama to hold off on his decision. Many Democrats, however, argued that filling the Supreme Court vacancy is President Obama’s duty. Expecting a push back from Republicans, President Obama opted to nominate a more moderate judge who is esteemed on both sides of the aisle.
President Obama made the announcement in the Rose Garden this morning, asking Republicans to give Garland a fair hearing before they cast their votes. The President described Garland as “widely recognized not only as one of America’s sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence.”