Standing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (C) calls for Senate Republicans to move forward with hearings for Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in Washington March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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WASHINGTON: By nominating an uncontroversial judge, President Barack Obama gives Republicans an unwelcome proposition: Approve him or risk letting Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump pick a Supreme Court justice you might like even less.Republicans recognize that if Clinton wins the presidency, she could nominate someone far more liberal than Garland, who is regarded as a centrist.Not only do many Republicans fear a Trump nomination would hurt them, but many conservatives also doubt Trump is really one of them.Clinton's string of recent primary wins added another element of intrigue to the Supreme Court fight. If she's elected and Democrats recapture the Senate, Republicans might choose to confirm Garland before Clinton takes office.
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