Obama returns to law school to argue for his Supreme Ct choose

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 3:50 PM

S. Supreme Ct nominee, centrist appellate judge Merrick Garland. The town corridor event with students and faculty at 2:30 p. m. CDT (one thousand nine hundred thirty GMT) is portion of a White House campaign to attempt to pressure the Republican-controlled U.

President Barack Obama returns on Thursday to the Univ of Chicago Law School where he once taught to create the case for his U. S. Supreme Ct nominee, centrist appellate judge Merrick Garland.

The town corridor event with students and faculty at 2:30 p. m. CDT (one thousand nine hundred thirty GMT) is portion of a White House campaign to attempt to pressure the Republican-controlled U. S. Senate to approve Garland, sixty-three, who grew up in a Chicago suburb..

It's an uphill battle. Senate Majority Boss Mitch McConnell has insisted the following president, who'll get office on Jan. twenty after the Nov. eight election, should fill the vacancy created by the Feb. thirteen death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

If Garland were confirmed, he'd tilt the Supreme Ct to the left for the first time in decades. The Ct is presently split 4-4 between conservatives and liberals.

So far, most Republican senators consent with McConnell. Only two of fifty-four Republican senators have said they think Garland deserves hearings and a vote.

Others have said they'll meet with Garland privately for a "courtesy visit." That includes Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who plans to have breakfast with Garland - but only to clarify why he'll not consider his nomination.

The White House wants to get the debate out of Washington. Opinion polls indicate a majority of Americans believe the Senate should vote on the nomination.

"The idea that they're not going to do their work just because Mitch McConnell told them not to, isn't an explanation that's going to fly with their voters," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday.

Obama taught constitutional law at the Univ of Chicago for more than a decade before he entered politics. The town corridor will comprise judges from the seventh U. S. Circuit Ct of Appeals and other local judges, the White House said.

"The president looks forward to visiting the institution that helped shape his dedication to the regulation of law, the role of the presidency and his loyalty to the Constitution," the White House said.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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