Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Blast Republicans for Threatening to Block Scalia Replacement

SCOTUS vacancy becomes talking point on Democratic presidential race, too.

Speaking at a Democratic dinner in Denver, both Democratic candidates offered their condolences to family members and friends of Scalia, but then quickly turned to politics.

"It appears that some of my Republican colleagues in the Senate have a very interesting view of the Constitution of the United States,” Sanders said. "Apparently they believe that the Constitution does not allow a Democratic president to bring forth a nominee to replace Justice Scalia. I strongly disagree with that.”

Clinton, too, argued Republican lawmakers who want to hold off on an appointment are meddling with the Constitution, calling their efforts “outrageous,” "disappointing,” and “totally out of step with our history and constitutional process.”

“Let me just make on point,” Clinton said, "Barack Obama is the president of the United States until January 20, 2017.”

"There are 340 days until the next president takes office," Clinton noted about Obama's remaining term. "So, that is plenty of time."