Obama to Stick With Garland If Democrat Wins White House

President Obama Announces Merrick Garland As His Nominee To The Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) stands with Judge Merrick B. Garland, while nominating him to the US Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Garland currently serves as the chief judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and if confirmed by the US Senate, would replace Antonin Scalia who died suddenly last month. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photograph by Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images

President Obama will not revoke his nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court if a Democrat wins the presidency in November, he said in his first interview with Fox News as president.

Asked by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Obama replied “yes.”

Obama also said Senate Republicans are setting up a dangerous precedent if they do not consider Garland.

“What I think we can’t have is a situation in which the Republican Senate simply says, ‘Because it’s a Democratic president we are not going to do our job, have hearings and a vote,’” Obama said. “Let’s say a Republican president won … [Democrats will] say, ‘Let’s wait for four years and we’ll take our chances on the next president.”’

The full interview is slated to air this weekend on Fox News Sunday.

This article was originally published on Morning Consult.

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