- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has backtracked on her statements that the Senate should hold hearings on President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court to replace the late Antonin Scalia.

The Alaska Republican had broken with fellow Republicans on Wednesday by telling reporters in Juneau that the Senate should hold hearings on the president’s nominee.

She seemed to change her tune on Thursday, taking to Twitter to urge Obama to “follow a tradition embraced by both parties” by yielding to the next president.

She wrote that if Obama ignores precedent, she believes “extraordinary circumstances give the Senate every right to deny the nominee an up or down vote.”

An email to Murkowski’s spokeswoman wasn’t immediately returned Friday.


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