Mitch McConnell Asks Voters to Sign Petition Against Supreme Court Nomination by Obama

Mitch McConnell
The Associated Press
Washington, DC

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is asking people to sign a petition opposing President Barack Obama’s effort to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away last month.

“There is not a snowball’s chance in hell that we will confirm President Obama’s appointment to the Supreme Court,” McConnell, a Republican, wrote in an email statement on Monday evening,

President Obama is determined to appoint a new progressive justice to the Supreme Court, now, in the twilight of his presidency. The American people deserve better.

The future of the U.S. Supreme Court will impact American policy for a generation to come. The American people deserve to have a voice on this crucial matter.

Senate Republicans are committed to waiting to vote on a new justice to the Supreme Court until next year: after the American people have decided on a new president.

I hope you will stand with Senate Republicans by signing the petition. Please stand with us on principle in this historically challenging time.

“The future of our Constitutional Republic depends on the actions of conservatives like you,” McConnell adds. “I look forward to your continued support as we work together to defend the future of the U.S. Supreme Court and conservative policies in this country,” he concluded.

The petition is being managed through the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which helps Republican candidates win and hold Senate seats.