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Kaine blasts GOP for blocking court nominee

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. speaks during a campaign visit at the Warch Campus Center Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via AP)

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. speaks during a campaign visit at the Warch Campus Center Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via AP)

Tim Kaine is blasting Republicans for their continued blockade of a U.S. Supreme Court nominee while campaigning in Iowa.

Iowa is home to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republicans have refused to allow a hearing on Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill an open seat. They’ve said the next president should be allowed to appoint someone.

But Republican Senate candidates have recently been suggesting they’d continue to block nominees if Democrat Hillary Clinton is elected.

Kaine called it a “most serious thing” for Republicans to “thwart” the laws around Supreme Court nominees. He says Republicans are violating the law setting the size of the court at nine justices.

 

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