Kasich on Nominating Merrick Garland If He Were President: ‘Of Course We’d Think About It’

By Melanie Arter | March 21, 2016 | 10:49am EDT
GOP presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – GOP presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that as president, he would consider nominating D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick.

“Well, you know, he received overwhelming support, I think even from Senator Hatch. So, of course we'd think about it,” Kasich said when asked if he would “take a look” at Garland if he were president.


“Let me ask you a presidential question about Merrick Garland put forward by the president for the Supreme Court. This could be a decision you have to handle. What is your sense of -- what is your feeling about the way that your Republican colleagues have responded to that nomination from the president?” host John Dickerson asked.

“Well, look, I never thought the president should send it, because I knew nothing was going to happen. I mean, frankly, they probably ought to all sit down and meet with the guy, and my feeling is, at the end of the day, whoever gets elected president should be in a position to be able to pick who they want,” Kasich responded.

“And the American people will decide by either voting for a Republican or Democrat what the makeup of the court is. I just think that is a process that can unite us, rather than a process that right now continues to divide us,” he added.

“As someone who has talked about unity, would you take a look at Mr. Garland when you -- if you were elected president?” Dickerson asked.

“Well, you know, he received overwhelming support, I think even from Senator Hatch. So, of course we'd think about it. The way we do it, John, is, we look at a person's record. I want a conservative who is not going to make the law, but who will interpret the law, and somebody of high standing,” said Kasich.

“I don't care about their peccadillos 30 years ago, but, yes, we have a process. I have appointed over 100 judges in Ohio, including a woman that, fortunately, I was able to appoint to the Ohio Supreme Court, and we have had good success with our selections,” Kasich added.

After the interview was taped on Saturday, however, “Kasich said that he would not appoint Judge Garland to the Supreme Court and that his comments were an effort to be polite,” Dickerson announced.

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