WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's credibility could be diminished if Republicans go through with a threat not to vote or hold a hearing on his nominee.
Obama is speaking in the Oval Office during a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II. He says if Senate Republicans take a "stand against tradition," it will further erode any president's ability to make appointments to the Supreme Court bench.
Obama says Republicans are under "enormous pressure from their base" to oppose his nomination. Still he says he hopes the political situation will evolve and that the Judiciary Committee will vote on his nominee.
Obama also says decades-old comments from Vice President Joe Biden that Republicans cite as evidence nominees shouldn't be confirmed before an election don't apply to the current situation.