Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) ended his presidential campaign after a disappointing finish in the Iowa GOP primary. The end of his presidential ambition (in 2016) didn’t mean that he was done working for the American people, though. On Monday he released a statement mourning the loss of Justice Antonin Scalia and promising that he would do everything in his power to stop the President from appointing another liberal justice to the court.
When I heard the news on Saturday that Justice Scalia had passed away, my heart went out to his family, friends, and to our country. Justice Scalia was a great defender of the constitution and an incredibly important conservative voice in the court. There is no doubt his voice of reason will be missed on the bench. And the vacancy will be felt in more ways than one. President Obama and the Democrats have wasted no time making this vacancy a huge political statement, and they are calling for an immediate replacement in the court – of course a liberal one that could tilt the balance of the court for years. President Obama thinks this is his chance to put an end to originalist interpretation of the Constitution. His last chance, in his last few months office.
I am not going to let him do it. There’s too much at stake.
If you don’t, it is clear what will happen. President Obama will nominate a replacement — a liberal replacement — and liberals in the Senate will force the idea that it’s the job in the Senate to confirm whoever the President recommends. This could change the entire path of our country with just a few short months until our next President takes office.
I cannot stress this enough: the Senate should not confirm a Supreme Court nomination from President Obama. The fact of the matter is, it’s been standard practice over the last nearly 80 years that Supreme Court nominees are not nominated and confirmed during a presidential election year.
In fact, Democrats in the Senate held to that standard during Republican Presidencies. Now of course they are singing a different tune.
I plan to lead the fight to stop them in the Senate.
Will you stand with me as I do everything I can to block President Obama’s attempt to silence the opinion of the American public? The passing of Justice Scalia has made it more clear than ever that the role of the Senate is vital to maintaining liberty. Without a strong Senate, we cannot ensure that our court is upholding the Constitution. That’s why I am committed to another term for Kentucky and for this country. Please stand with me today.
In Liberty, Rand Paul
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