GOP Debate Kicks Off with Questions on Whether Obama Should Appoint Scalia Successor

gop-debate-2The CBS Republican debate tonight kicked off with a round of questions to each of the six candidates about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and whether President Obama should appoint a successor in his final year in office.

Minutes before the debate, the president made it clear he plans to do so quickly, and some of the candidates said he completely has the right to do that.

Donald Trump, for one, said that Obama will do it whether he’s okay with it or not, but it falls to the Republican-led Senate to “delay, delay, delay.”

John Kasich and Jeb Bush implored Obama to put the country first and find consensus first, Ben Carson said that “we should not allow a judge to be appointed during his time,” and Marco Rubio railed against attempts by the Democrats to push liberal nominees down the throats of the American people.

Ted Cruz ended up getting into a big back-and-forth with moderator John Dickerson after he said there’s a huge precedent of not nominating a justice in an election year. Dickerson brought up Anthony Kennedy in 1988, and during the back-and-forth Dickerson let Cruz answer and ended up being booed.

For the record, Kennedy was nominated in November 1987 and confirmed in February 1988.

Watch above, via CBS.

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