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for his part, though, the president says it is his constitutional duty to putpforth a nominee. thanks for being with us. i'm eric harryman. >> d any minute the president is expected to make his way into the rose garden and we are monitoring the feed and as soon as we see him walk o of the doors we'll have it live for you here and also on the nbc 6 news and weather app. we will move into decision 2016 today. it's going to be a quiet day on the campaign trail. thank goodness, it probably should be. five primaryies were there and very busy on into the morning as the numbers continue to follow in. the candidates are taking the day off today and much needed except for one and that is john kasich. the republican field has narrowed once again as donald trump claims victory forcing a hometown senator to suspend his bid and nbc 6 reporter julia bagg joins us live in the studio.
>> the dance is not over and trump, of course, trying to answer people who say that there may be a contested convention here and he definitely doesn't want that. so let's talk aut the main thing this morning. one side it's all clinton and the other, almost all trump and one path is clear and the other a little more blurred. >> thank you, florida. thank you, north carolina, thank you ohio. hillary clinton and donald trump are starting to leave the competition in the dust. >> to win the states that we won and to win by the margins and especially, look, this is my second home, florida. to win by that kind of a number is incredible. >> trump trounced marco rubio on his own turf forcing the floridian to make his exit last night. >> while we are on the right side this year,r, we will not be
>> for john kasich there is freshen newsenthusiasm. >> we will go and secure the nomination. >> reporter: holding nearly 60% of all remaining deficits for the convention while ted cruz is style trying to make it a two-man race. >> america now has a clear choice going forward. >> reporter: for the democratic nomination the road gets steeper for bernie sanders, but he's still confident. >> we will win if the voter turnout is high. let's make it high! >> and some exit polls in florida show trouble ahead for the republican party. more than half of republican voters in the sunshine state did not choose trump in this primary and many of those who did not say if there were a third party option they'd consider breaking with the party and voting for that third person candidate. live in the studio, julia bagg,
>> thank you so much. we continue to push decision 2016 forward. a consultant polled rubio supportefs and the real winner from his suspending his campaign in the end will be ted cruz. 47% of rubio supportersolled say they will now throw their support behind theexas senator. >> we reported that trump tweeted out a troubling message saying he'd heard that some people were complaining that his ballots weren't in the sunshine state. he certified all of the ballots with names back in december. as promised, we want to take you right back to the rose garden at the white house where president obama is expected to make his announcement for his nominee f@r the supreme court justice position. >> all right. here we go. >> appointing a supreme court jusce. particularly one to succeed justice scalia, one of the most
the men and women who sitit on the supreme court are the final arbiters of american law. they safeguard our rights. they ensusu that our system is one of laws and not men. they're charged with the essential tasks of applying principals put to principals to one of the more challenging questions of our time so this is not a responsibility that i take lightly. it's a decision that requires me to set aside short-term expediency and narrow politics so as to maintain faith with our found ers founders and perhaps more importantly with future generations. i've done my best to set up a vigorous and comprehensiving process. i've sought the advice of republican and democratic members of congress. we reached out to every member
constitutional scholars, to advocacy groups and bar associations representing an array of interests and opinions from all across the spectrum. and today after completing this exhaustive processss i've made my decision. i've selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of america's sharpestegal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even handedness and excellence. these qualities and his long commitment to public@service have earned him the respect and admiration of leaders from both sides of the aisle who will ultimately bring that same character on the supreme court, an institution of which he is uniquely prepared to serve immediately. today i amnominating chief
[ applause ] >> now in law enforcement circles and in the legal community at large judge garland needs no introduction, but i'd like to take a minute introduce merrick to the american people whom he already so a ay serves. he was born and raised in the land of lincoln, my hometown of chicago and my home state of illinois. his mother volunteered in the community. his father ran a small business out ofd their home and merrick became valedictorian of his public high school. he earned a scholarship to
cum laude and he worked as a tutor by stocking shoes in a shoe store and in what is always a painful moment for any young man, by selling his comic book collection. [ laughter ] it's tough. been there. rrick graduated magna cum laude from harvard law and baird the traditional marksof excellence and he clerked for two of president eisenhower judicial appointees and first for a legendary judge on the second circuit and judge henry friendly and for supreme court justice william brennan. following his clerk ships merrick joined a highly regarded law firm with a practice focused on litigation@ and pro bono representation of disadvantaged americans. within four yea he earned a partnership, a dream of most lawyers, but in 1989, just months after that achievement
career decision. he walked away from a comfortable and lucrative law practice to return to public service. merrick accepted a low-level job as a federal prosecutor in president george h.w. bush's administration, and took a 50% pay cut and traded in his elegan partner's office for a windowless closet t tt smelled of stealale cigarette smoke. this was a time when crime in washington had reached epidemic proportions and he wanteto help and he quickly made a name for himself g gng after corrupt politicians and violent riminals. his sterling record as a prosecutor led him to the justice department where he oversaw some of the most significant prosecutions in the 1990s including overseeing every aspect of the federal response
in the aftermath of that act of terror, 168 people, many of them small children were murderedednd merrick had one evening to say good-bye to his own young daughters before he boarded a plane to oklahoma city and he would remain there for weeks. he worked side by side with first responders, rescue workers, local and federal law enforcement, helped in the investigation and supervised the prosecution that brought timothy mcveigh to justice, but perhaps most important is the way he did it. throughout the process merrick took pains to do everything by the book. when people offered to turn over evidence voluntarily, he refused, taking the harder route of obtaining the proper subpoenas instead because merrick would take no chances that someone who murdered innocent americans might go free on a technicality.
effort to rch out to the victims and their family, updating them frequently on the case's progress. everywhereree went he carried with him in his briefcase the program from the memorial service with each of the victims' names inside, a constant, searing reminder of why he had to succeed. judge garland has often referred to his work on the oklahoma city case, and i quote, the most important thing i have ever done in my life and through it all he never lost touch with that commmmititthat he served. it's no surprise then that soon after his work in oklahoma city merrick was nominated to what's often called the second highest court in the land, the d.c. circuit court. during that process, during that confirmation processss he earned
from senators and legal experts alike. republican senator orrin hatch who was then chairman of the senate judiciary committee supported his nomination. back then he said in all honesty i would like to have one person come to this floor and say one reason why merrick garland does not deserve this position. he actual accused senate republicans trying to obstruct merrick'sonfirmation of playing politics with judges, and he has since said that judge garland would be a consensus nominee for the supreme court who would be very well supported by all sides and there would be no question merrick would be confirmed with bipartisan support support. ultimately, merrick was onfirmed to the d.c. circuit, the second highest court in the land with votes from a majority
republicans. three years ago he was elevated to chief judge and in his 19 years on the d.c. circuit, judge garlandas brought his trademark diligence, compassion and unwavering regard for the rule of law to his work. our circuit court known for strong-minded judges on both ends of the spectrum, judge garland has earned a track record of building consensus as a thoughtful, fair minded judge who follows t law. he's shown a rare ability to bring together odd couples, assemble unlikely coalitions and arrange colleagues to sign on to his opinions. and thisis record on the bench speaks, i believe, to his fundamental temperament that all views deserve a respectful hearing.
from former justice john paul stephens of understanding before disagreeing and then disagreeing witho being disagreeable. it speaks to his ability to persuade, to respond to the concerns of others we found arguments and airtight logic. as his former colleague on the d.c. circuit and our current chief justice of the supreme court john roberts says any time judge garland disagrees you know you're in hay difficult area. at the same time chief judge garland is more than just a brilliant legal mind. he's someoneho has a keen understanding that justice is about more than abstract legal theory, more than some footnote in a dusty case book. his life experience, his experience in places like oklahoma city is more than an exercise. he understands the way life
people's lives in a big, complicated democracy and in rapidly changing times, and throughout his jurisprudence runs a common thread, a dedication to protecting the basic rights of every american, a conviction that in a democracy, powerful voices must not be allowed to drown out the voices of everyday americans. to find someone with such a long career of public service marked by complex and sensitive issues. to find someone who just about everyone not only respects, but genuinely likes, that is rare, and it speaks to who merrick garland is not just as a lawyer, but as a man. people respect the way he eats others. his genuine courtesy and respect for his colleagues and those who come before his court.
mindedness, mentoring his clerks throughout their careers and urging them to serve their communities. tutoring a young student at a northeast d.c. ementary school each year for the past 18 years. they're moved by his deep devotion to his family. lynn, his wife of nearly 30 years and their two daughters becky and jessie. as a family, they indulged their love of hikkg, skiing and canoeing and their love of america by visiting our national parks. people respect merrick's deep and abiding passion for protecting our most basic constitutional rights. it's a passion, i'm told, that manifests itself at an early age and once a story indicative of this that is notae.
and the other studt speaker spoke first and unleashed a fiery critique of the vietnam war. fearing the controversy that might result, several parents decided to unplug the sound system and the rest of the student's speech was muscleffled and merrick didn't agree with the remarks nor the topic of the day, but stirred by the fellow student's voice being siinced he tossed aside his prepared remarks and delivered instead on the spot a passionate and impromptu defense of our first amendment rights. it was the beginning of a lifelong career as a lawyer, srosecutor and judge devoted to protecting the rights of othe and he has done that work with decency and humanity and common sense touch, and i'm proud that he'll
nation's highest court. i saidi i would take this process seriously, and i did. i chose a serious man and eemplary judge, merrick garland. over my seven years as president in all my conversations with senators from both parties in which i asked their views on qualified supreme court nominees, this includes the previous two seats that i had to fill. the one name that has come up repeatedly from republicans and democrats alike is merrick garland garland. now i recognize that we have entered the political season or perhaps these days it never ends, a political season that is even noisier and more volatile than usual.
point to dememrats who have made it hard for republican presidents to get their nominees confirmed and they're not wrong about that. there's been politics involved in nominations in the past ahough it should be pointed out that in each of those instances democrats ultimately cofirmed a nominee put forward by a republican president. i also know that because of justice scalia's outside role in the court and in american law and in the fact that americans are closely divided on a number of issues before the court, it is tempting to make this confirmation process simply an extension of our divided politics. the squabbling that's going on in the news every dada but to go down that path would
it would be a betrayal of our best traditions, and a betrayal of the vision of our founding documents. at a time when our politics are so polarized. at a time when norms and customs of political rhetoric and courtesy and comedy are so often treated like they're disposable, this is precisely the time when we should play it straight an treat the process of appointing a supreme court justice with the seriousness and care it deserves because our supreme court really is unique. it's supposed to be above politics. it has to be and it should stay that way. to suggest that someone as qualified and respected as merrick garland doesn't even
up or down vote to join an institution as our supreme court when two-thirds of americans believe otherwise, that would be unprecedented. to s sggest that someone who has served his country with honor and dignity with a distinguished track record ofelivering justice for the american people might be treated as one republican leader stated as a political pinata, that can't be right. tommrow judge garland will travel to the hill to begin meeting with senators one-on-one. i simply ask republicans in the senate to give him a fair hearing and then an up or down vote. if you don't, then it will not only be an abdication of the senate's constitutional duty. it will indicate a process for
that is beyond repair. it will mean everything i subject to the most partisan of politics. everything. it will provoke an endless cycle of more tit for tat and making it increasingly impossible for any president democrat or republican to carry out their constitutional function. the reputation of the supreme court will inevitably suffer. faith in our justice system will inevitablysuffer. our democracy will ultimately suffer, as well. i have fulfilled my constitutional duty. now it's time for the senate to do theirs.
in the final year of their term. neither should a senator. i know that tomorrow the senate would take a break and leave town on recess in two weeks. my earnest hope is that senators take time for ouremocracy and not what's expedient and not what's happening at the moment. what does this mean for our life? the stakes, the consequences, the seriousness of the job we all swore an oath to do, and when they return, i hope that they'll act in a bipartisan fashion. i hope they're fair. that's all. i hope they are fair as they did when they confirmed merrick garland to the d.c. circuit. i ask that they confirm merrick garland now to the supremeourt
time to fully partipate in its work for the american people this fall. he is the right man for the job. he deserves tooe confirmed. i could not be prouder of the work that he has already done on behalf of the american people. he deserves@our thanks, and he deserves a fair hearing and with th, i'd like to invite judge garland to say a few words. [ applause ] [ applause ]
this is the greatest honor of my life other than lynn agreeing to marrrr me 28 years ago. it's also the greatest gift i've ever received except, and there is another caveat, the birth of our daughters jesse and cky. as my parents taught me by both words and deeds, a life of public service is as much a gift to the person who serves as it is to those who is serving and for me there could be no higher publblc service than serving as a member of the united states supreme court. my family deserves much of the credit for the path that led me here. my grandparents left the pale of settlement in the border of eastern russia and eastern europe in the 1800s fleeing antisemitism and hoping to make a better life for their children in america. they settled in the midwest eventually making their way to chicago.
smallest of small businesses from a room in our basement took me with him as he made the rounds to his customers, always impressing upon me the importance of hard work and fair dealing. there, my mother headed the local pta and school board and directed a volunteer services agency all the while instilling in my sisters and me the understanding that service to e community is above all others. even now myisters honor that example by serving the children of their communities. i know that my mother is watctcng this on television and crying her eyes out. [ laughter ] so are my sisters who have supported me in every step i have ever taken. i only wish that my father were
i also wish that we hadn't taught my older daughter to be so adventurous that she would be hiking in the mountains out of cell service range when the president called. [ laughter ] it was the sense of reonsibility to serve the community instilled by my parents that led me to leave my law firm to become a prosecutor in 1989. there onef my first assignments was to take part in the prosecution of a violent gang that took over a public housing project and terrorized the residents. the hardest job we face was persuading mothers and grandmothers that if they testified we would be able to keep them safe and convict the gang members. we succeeded only by convincing witnesses and victims that they could trust that the rule of law
years later when i went to oklahoma city to investigate the bombing of the federal buildi i saw up close the devastation that can happen when someone abandons the justice system as a way of absolving grievances and instead takes matters into his own hands. once again, i saw the importance of assuring victims and families that the justice system could work. we promised that we would find the perpetrators, that we would bring them to justice and that we would do it in a way that honored the constitution. the people of oklahoma city gave us their trust and we did evevething we could to live up to . trust that justice will be done in our courts without prejudice or partisanship is what in a large part distinguishes this
people must be confident that a judge's decisions are determined by the law and only the law. for a judge to be worthy of such trust he or she must be faithful to the constitution and for the statutes passed by the congress, he or she must put aside his personal views or preferences and follow the law, not make it. fidelity to the constitution and the law has been the cornerstone of my professional life, and it is the hallmark of the kind of judge i have tried to be for the past 18 years. if the senate sees fit tol confirm me to the position for which i've been nominated today, i promise to continue on that course. mr. president, it's a great prprilege to be nominated by a fellow chicagoan. i am grateful beyond words for
me. thank you. >> congratulations to you. good job. [ applause ] >> there you have it. president obama's choice for supreme court justice or replacement for antonin scalia, chief judge merrick garland who is currently on the united states court of appeals which is the d.c. district, the highest in the land running through his credentials saying that he is a harvard law student and mrrp moments of levity saying he paid for his schooling by selling his comic books and we were able to get to know him and merrick garland, 63 years old saying this is the greatest honor of his life and what a wonderful position for him to be in in terms of his response there and he got emotional in the beginning and it's the pinnacle
for a living and this also doesn't come without controversy and we've been talking about this for a couple of months and the republican-controlled senate not wanting president obama to make any nomination and wanting to wait for the new president to take office next year and president obama saying very clearly, i have done my constitutional duty now and now i ask the senate to do the same, but that is something that we're not going to know for a while because the senate as of tomorrow goes on a two-week break. >> right. >> we'll have a little to mill this around ask there will be a lot of talk while the senate takes that break while they decide what the next move will be and that was very contested and they're saying that they won't even allow any hearing to happen in order to confirm garland at this point so that is something that we'll hav to wait and see what happens next. >> we'll hear a lot from legal analysts throughout the day with people calling this a very moderate and a very safe choice and we'll have that coming up