Fox News’ Martha MacCallum quizzed Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Senate Republicans’ decision to deny President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee a hearing, telling the senator that his position is “surprising” given his reverence for the Constitution.
“The president has laid out I think what anyone would say is a very fair set of circumstances for nominating someone, so why not give this person hearing?” MacCallum asked Lee During a Wednesday interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
Lee, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that Obama is “a lame duck president in his final months of office” and that voters should choose the next president that they want to select the next Supreme Court justice.
“Yeah, but I think, Senator, with all due respect, wouldn’t the American people say we elected President Obama?” MacCallum asked in response.
“We also elected the senators who are currently in office, and we expect them both, on both sides to do their job. The president’s job is to name a nominee, your job is to give that person a hearing and either appoint or not,” she continued. “So why not go through the process? Why do you get to decide that?”