Meeting with the nation’s governors, President Obama made a joking reference Sunday night to his feud with Senate Republicans over allowing a confirmation vote on his upcoming Supreme Court nominee.
“Tonight, I plan to fulfill my duty and give you an indisputably qualified set of remarks,” Mr. Obama told the governors at a White House dinner. “I trust that you’ll give them a fair hearing.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and other Republican lawmakers are vowing to block Mr. Obama’s eventual nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, saying the next president should choose a candidate next year. The president says the Senate should fulfill its constitutional duty to give his nominee a fair hearing.
Mr. Obama is expected to nominate someone within a few weeks.
The president also told the gathering of the National Governors Association that he might well run for another office after he returns home to Illinois.
“This is my final governor’s dinner — at least, my final one as president,” Mr. Obama said. “I’m just kidding. I wanted to see how Michelle would react.”