In two separate Sunday show interviews, John Kasich indicated he would consider Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court too if he wins the election, but he quickly walked that back.
Chuck Todd asked Kasich in the interview––taped yesterday––about Republican obstruction to Garland even being considered. Kasich said they should at least “have a meeting” and said, “If I’m president… maybe he’ll be under consideration for the Supreme Court.” Video here (starting at the 9-minute mark), via NBC:
And on Face the Nation––also taped yesterday––John Dickerson specifically asked Kasich if he would consider Garland as a Supreme Court nominee if he’s president. Kasich said, “He received overwhelming support, I think, from Senator Hatch, so of course we’d think about it.” That video here (starting at the 45-second mark), via CBS:
Well, guess what.
When Kasich was asked about his comments by reporters yesterday, he said this:
AUDIO: John Kasich on President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland for SCOTUS. pic.twitter.com/KqJyBzPWD7
— Team Kasich (@TeamJohnKasich) March 20, 2016
“You know, in an effort to be polite today, apparently I’ve created a little bit of a situation. Look, you know, Garland is––I’m gonna have my own picks for the Supreme Court. You know, the fact is, I said that they ought to meet him and talk to him and, you know, I’m not gonna pick somebody who’s, you know, obviously not a respecter of the Second Amendment. I don’t want people making law and so, nobody should be confused, worked up, or upset. He’s not gonna be my pick for the Supreme Court.”
Oh, so saying he would consider someone as a nominee to the highest court in the land in two separate interviews was just “being polite.”
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