Obama to push Supreme Court nominee at University of Chicago

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland, right, stands with President Barack Obama as he is introduced as Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama goes to law school next week to push his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Obama adviser Brian Deese says Obama will return Thursday to the University of Chicago to argue for Senate consideration of the appeals judge’s nomination. Obama taught at the university’s law school before becoming president.

Garland is Obama’s choice to succeed the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Republican senators say they will hold no hearings or confirmation vote on the nomination in a presidential election year.

They say the next president should choose the next justice. The White House says the Senate has plenty of time to consider Garland.

Garland has met with mostly Democratic senators on Capitol Hill but also with Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois.
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