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GOP's No. 2 senator: Hearing possible

Posted: 1:27 PM, Feb 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-17 18:27:18Z

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 Republican in the Senate is leaving open the possibility of a confirmation hearing for President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn said Wednesday on "The Mark Davis Show," a talk show on Dallas-area radio station KSKY, that it was up to Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley on whether to schedule a hearing.

At the same time, Cornyn echoed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's contention that the selection of a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia should wait until the next president.

Cornyn said it was up to McConnell to schedule a vote of the full Senate if the nomination emerged from the committee.

Cornyn said the Senate should not confirm whomever Obama selects, deferring to the next president.