Senator: Nominee vote possible if president were Republican

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Posted: Mar 10, 2016 1:13 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A GOP senator from Wisconsin says the Senate might consider filling a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court if the president were a Republican.

Sen. Ron Johnson made the comments Thursday in a radio interview on the "Morning Mess" program. Johnson has been united with other Senate Republicans in opposing moving forward with any nominee from Democratic President Barack Obama to replace Antonin Scalia, who died last month.

The host on Thursday asked Johnson how things would have been different if Republican Mitt Romney were president.

Johnson says that would be a "different situation." Johnson says, "If a conservative president's replacing a conservative justice, there's a little more accommodation to it."

Johnson faces Democrat Russ Feingold this November in a rematch of their 2008 race.