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Here's One Republican Who Thinks Obama Should Nominate Scalia's Replacement

GOP senators have urged the president not to make a nomination.

Senate Republicans didn't skip a beat when they urged President Barack Obama not to nominate a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement saying as much hours after Scalia's death on Saturday.

But there's at least one prominent Republican who doesn't agree with McConnell -- Alberto Gonzales, who was the Attorney General under George W. Bush.

"I know there’s a big debate going on right now about whether or not Obama should nominate someone,” Gonzales told CNN on Monday. “From my perspective having worked at the White House and the Department of Justice, there’s just no question in my mind that as president of the United States, you have an obligation to fill a vacancy.”

He pointed out the hypocrisy of Senate Republicans pushing against a nomination.

"If the shoe were on the other foot, and there was a Republican in the White House and democratically controlled Congress, I would expect the Republican president to make a nomination when ready," he told the BBC.

Obama has vowed to choose a nominee when the Senate reconvenes next week. 

You can watch his comments on the BBC in the video above, and his CNN appearance in the video below.

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