01:17 - Source: CNN
Amy Klobuchar: I don't want Supreme Court position

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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

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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.

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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.”