GOP Presidential Candidates Weigh in on How They Would Handle Supreme Court Vacancy

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died today.

“If I were president now, I would certainly want to try and nominate a justice,” Trump said. “And I'm sure that, frankly, I'm absolutely sure that President Obama will try and do it.”

But Trump added that he hoped the GOP-controlled Senate would be able to delay Obama’s attempt to replace Scalia.

“The country is so divided right now, and now we're going to see another partisan fight taking place,” Kasich said. “I really wish the president would think about not nominating somebody.”

However, if Obama were to nominate someone, Kasich said he should “pick somebody that is going to have unanimous approval and such widespread approval across the country that this could happen without a lot of recrimination.”

“And it’s not unprecedented,” he said. “In fact It's been over 80 years since a lame duck president has appointed a Supreme Court justice.”

Carson was asked by moderator John Dickerson of CBS News: “What does the constitution say about whose duty it is here to act in this kind of a situation?”

“The constitution actually doesn't address that particular situation,” Carson answered.

“Not on specific issues,” Bush said, adding: “The simple fact is the next president needs to appoint someone with a proven conservative record, similar to Justice Scalia.”

“We're not gonna give up the U.S. Supreme court for a generation by allowing Barack Obama to make one more liberal appointee,” Cruz said.