- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch says the U.S. Senate will put off confirming any Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia until a new president is elected because it will be a less partisan time.

Hatch told members of Utah’s Senate in Salt Lake City on Tuesday that the current presidential election is outrageous and “almost out of control” with inter-party battles among Republicans and Democrats.

Hatch says that no matter who is elected president, the appointment process will be less embroiled in politics if it occurs next year.

The Republican also addressed speculation that he could be nominated for the role.

Hatch, who turns 82 next month, said he’s too old to serve on the court and joked that if he were to serve on the high court, Democrats in Congress would be “praying every day that I’ll die.”

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