- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s Republican U.S. Senator says she will give President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia her “full attention” when it’s time.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1LvfYI3 ) reports Sen. Susan Collins says she believes there will be enough time for a full discussion about Scalia’s replacement after his funeral. She says a period of mourning should pass before debate begins.

Scalia’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday. He died at a Texas ranch on Feb. 13, leaving a Supreme Court vacancy during Obama’s final year as president.

Several Republican leaders say Obama shouldn’t name a replacement for Scalia, who was an ardent conservative. Democrats have in turn accused the Republicans of failing to respect the Constitution.

Maine independent Senator Angus King says Obama must make a nomination.

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