- The Washington Times - Friday, June 10, 2016

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to a crowd of social conservatives gathered in Washington, D.C., Friday that the U.S. Senate will not confirm Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s pick to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, this year.

“Let me say this once more, and let me say it clearly: Barack Obama will not get a Supreme Court justice in the 11th hour of his presidency on the way out the door,” Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said during a speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference.

“We’re right in the middle of a presidential election year. The president we’re in the process of selecting will make this choice,” Mr. McConnell said. “And it will either turn the court in the right direction or the wrong direction, depending upon the outcome of this November’s election.”

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was slated to address the gathering later in the day.

Mr. Trump’s recent list of potential picks to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia assuaged some concerns among social conservatives, as it was filled with judges considered to be pro-life.

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