Monday Feb. 15, 2016
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly had already been slated to meet at The Elkhart Truth with me and the newspaper’s editorial board on Monday.
Turns out it was an opportune time given the flap that erupted over the weekend related to the nomination of a replacement for Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court justice who died on Saturday. That was the focus of first question I put to him — what’s his take on the controversy?
Some GOPers say President Obama ought to leave selection of his replacement to the next president who wins in next November’s elections. But not Donnelly.
He said it would be a “dereliction in duty” both for the president not to put forth a nominee and for the Senate not to give any candidate consideration. “I plan to do my job. I’m hopeful we have a chance to vote. I don’t know that we will,” he said.
We met with him at 8 a.m. Monday morning and put the story out soon after our meeting with him ended, updating it later with highlights of his other comments:
- U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly says Obama nominee to replace Antonin Scalia should get Senate scrutiny, Feb. 15, 2016