Obama enjoins Supreme Court fight in election year

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, appointed to the lifetime post in 1986 by president Ronald Reagan, died unexpectedly in Texas on Saturday, 11 months before the end of Obama's termPresident Barack Obama said he would name a new Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia, slapping down Republican demands for a delay and setting up a monumental election-year fight. “I plan to fulfil my constitutional responsibilities,” Obama said Saturday, rejecting a chorus of right wing demands that he leave Scalia’s replacement to his successor. The conservative justice, appointed to the lifetime post in 1986 by president Ronald Reagan, died unexpectedly in Texas on Saturday, 11 months before the end of Obama’s term.

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