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Brian Sandoval Takes Himself Out Of The Running For Supreme Court Spot

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 25/02/2016 Amanda Terkel
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) on Thursday asked President Barack Obama to take his name off its list of potential Supreme Court candidates, in an attempt to avoid becoming a pawn in the nasty partisan battle raging in Washington.

"Earlier today, I notified the White House that I do not wish to be considered at this time for possible nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States," Sandoval said. "I have also spoken to Senators Reid, Heller and McConnell and expressed the same desire to them. The notion of being considered for a seat on the highest court in the land is beyond humbling and I am incredibly grateful to have been mentioned."

News started to leak out on Wednesday that the White House was vetting Sandoval, a relatively moderate Republican governor who supports abortion rights, for the Supreme Court spot vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Sandoval's office, however, said they had not heard from anyone in the administration about the matter. 

Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have said they believe the next president should get to choose Scalia's replacement, and have promised to obstruct any nominee Obama puts forward. They responded to the mere mention of Sandoval's name by saying that they would block him, helping Democrats in their efforts to paint Republicans as extreme.

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