President Barack Obama delivered a statement late Saturday night, Feb. 13th, on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the leading conservative voice on the high court, has died at the age of 79, in Marfa Texas.
His death set off an immediate debate about whether President Barack Obama should fill the seat in an election year. Obama said Saturday night that he plans to nominate a replacement and expects a timely vote on the matter.
President Obama stated, "I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time. There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote. These are responsibilities that I take seriously, as should everyone. They're bigger than any one party. They are about our democracy. They're about the institution to which Justice Scalia dedicated his professional life, and making sure it continues to function as the beacon of justice that our founders envisioned."
You can watch Obama's statement here: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-news/watch/obama-scalia-was-a-larger-than-life-presence-622612035685