McConnell brings Supreme Court message to Franklin

Published: Mar. 28, 2016 at 5:35 PM CDT
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It's a message you may have heard before, but one Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Majority Leader holds strong.

"No, I don't think we ought to take the nomination up. The question is whether a vacancy occurring in a presidential year should be filled at all. So, my advice to my colleagues is to not take up the nomination at all," said McConnell.

The Senate Majority Leader told members of the Franklin Simpson Chamber of Commerce the American voters should decide the next Supreme Court Justice.

"In the middle of a presidential election, you're watching it all occur. Should we fill this vacancy by a guy who is not going to be here this time next year or let the American people decide who makes the appointment. I think that makes the most sense for most Americans," said McConnell.

McConnell said high profile Democrats like Vice-President Joe Biden and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York have both said in the past, Supreme Court vacancies shouldn't be filled in presidential election years.

"They will try to obscure all this by calling it obstruction. There is no obstruction here. We have a role to play and so does he," said McConnell.

McConnell talked much about the previous president Monday, but won't say who he's supporting in 2016.

He says he will support the nominee and rules should be followed at the convention.

WBKO asked him about a recent conversation he had with GOP front runner Donald Trump.

"What I said to him was, I thought it would be a good idea for all the candidates to condemn any violence occurring at rallies, no matter who starts the fight. We ought to encourage a civil debate about the future of the country," said McConnell.

McConnell also spent time discussing defeating terrorist factions and took questions from the crowd.

Kentucky's senior senator spent time in multiple areas of south central Kentucky talking about several of these issues during a state work period for lawmakers.