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Hillary Clinton says Republican calls to leave Justice Scalia's seat vacant "dishonor our Constitution"

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Saturday night before the Republican presidential debate, Hillary Clinton offered a statement on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, arguing strongly that President Obama should appoint a successor and the Senate should consider the nominee.

She says conservative senators arguing otherwise "dishonor our Constitution":

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Justice Scalia as they mourn his sudden passing. I did not hold Justice Scalia's views, but he was a dedicated public servant who brought energy and passion to the bench.

The Republicans in the Senate and on the campaign trail who are calling for Justice Scalia's seat to remain vacant dishonor our Constitution. The Senate has a constitutional responsibility here that it cannot abdicate for partisan political reasons.