U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to move ahead with a Supreme Court justice nominee despite defiance from Senate Republicans, saying he will pick someone with an "independent mind" who understands how laws affect people's lives.
In a guest post on the independent scotusblog.com, Obama outlined the top qualities he is looking for in a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, who died earlier this month. Obama gave no timeline for making his selection.
He said his choice "will be eminently qualified" and have a mastery of the law to give clear answers to complicated legal questions. Additionally, "the person I appoint will be someone who recognizes the limits of the judiciary's role; who understands that a judge's job is to interpret the law, not make the law," he said.
Obama said he also wants a nominee who has the life experience to understand that law is not abstract legal theory but "affects the daily reality of people's lives in a big, complicated democracy, and in rapidly changing times."