On Wednesday, the president also met with influential Judiciary Committee Republican Sens. Kyl (Ariz.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) to discuss the nomination process, among other topics. Hatch later urged the president to pick a consensus candidate.
It shouldnt be someone who substitutes their own personal views for the law of the land, and who refuses to follow the Constitution of the United States. A judicial activist would be a poor and unnecessarily divisive choice at any time, Hatch said in a statement.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.