Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been mentioned as possible replacement of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
The Minnesota Democrat said she doesn't want to be considered for the job
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday she is not interested in being nominated to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
“I won’t be, because I made it very clear that I love my job representing Minnesota. And I don’t want to be in the running for that job but I will tell you this – being on the Judiciary Committee right now couldn’t be more important,” the Democrat told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”
She added, “I have a job right now to make the case for why we have to fill this vacancy. You go back to the 1800s, you have to go back that far to find a time where a Supreme Court job was left vacant for over a year.”
Klobuchar’s name has been floated as a potential nominee for the court. The Yale University and University of Chicago Law School graduate was a prosecutor in Minneapolis before entering politics.
She said the idea that the seat should remain vacant until a new president is elected is “ridiculous.”
“This is a ridiculous situation. There’s very important pending business before the court,” Klobuchar added. “And I’m hoping some of my colleagues on the Republican side are changing their tune.”