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Senator Schumer Discusses Scalia's Successor

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In Ithaca on Monday, Senator Charles Schumer commented on the political free-for-all that is breaking out after Saturday's death of 79-year-old Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Scalia was a leading conservative on the court. President Obama says he will nominate a successor in due time. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Obama should not nominate a replacement for Scalia, instead wait for the next president to do so. Schumer is critical of the stance Republican leadership is taking.

"I think Senator McConnell made a huge mistake in saying that he would not even have a hearing and let the public vote. I don't believe that will stand. I believe there will be such outrage among the public that he will have to back off. I believe that a good number of his Republican colleagues will," said Schumer.

Schumer says he hopes the president nominates a mainstream bipartisan candidate who can get broad support. He says leaving the seat open for 300 days will only gridlock the system.