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Boehner Says He Asked Scalia to Run as VP With Dole

Scalia, top, is shown at President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013 with, from left, justices Thomas, Kennedy, Sotomayor and Chief Justice Roberts. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Speaker John A. Boehner tried to persuade Antonin Scalia to be former Sen. Bob Dole’s running mate on the 1996 Republican presidential ticket, he recalled after the Supreme Court justice's death.  

“We’ll never know what might have been, had a Dole-Scalia ticket been forged in the summer of 1996," Boehner wrote in the Independent Journal Opinion on Tuesday . "But we do know our nation was blessed to have Antonin Scalia defending the Constitution on the highest court in the land for a generation. And the legacy he leaves is that of one of America’s greatest justices, of any era.”