Grassley Doesn't Rule Out Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee

He had said that he wanted to let the next president make the decision.

"Given the huge divide in the country, and the fact that this President, above all others, has made no bones about his goal to use the courts to circumvent Congress and push through his own agenda, it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice," he said in a statement Saturday.

The Des Moines Register, Iowa's largest paper, criticized the Iowa Republican for his stance, saying he missed an "opportunity for our senior senator to be less of a politician and more of a statesman."