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Here's What Hillary Clinton Said About Obama's Supreme Court Pick | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) United Kingdom United States INFORM • INSPIRE • ENTERTAIN • EMPOWER NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep GPS for the Soul WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED GPS for the Soul Hawaii OWN Dr. Phil Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses POLITICS Here's What Hillary Clinton Said About Obama's Supreme Court Pick It's her strongest signal yet that she might not renominate Merrick Garland to the high court. 09/15/2016 04:07 pm ET | Updated Sep 16, 2016 810 Cristian Farias Legal Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post ASSOCIATED PRESS Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor appears alongside Hillary Clinton at an event in the Bronx, New York, on July 25, 2014. Hillary Clinton gave her clearest indication yet that she might not renominate President Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court if she wins the presidency. When asked point-blank on Thursday whether she’d stick with Merrick Garland, whom Obama selected in March , if she’s elected, the Democratic presidential nominee suggested she’d get to make her own high court choices ― with all due respect to the one that’s now one the table.  “I think we should stick with one president at a time,” Clinton said during a segment  on the syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show,”  which is taped in Texas. “We happen to have a very good one, in my opinion, and he has nominated someone.” Not once did she mention this “someone” by name. Back on the trail after a bout of pneumonia, Clinton’s radio interview was wide-ranging, but her comments about Garland and the future of the high court stood out because she clearly distinguished between Obama’s choice and her own possible nominations. “I’m going to let this president serve out his term with distinction and make the decision that he thinks is right for the country,” Clinton said, suggesting she’d be open to a Garland confirmation during Congress’ lame-duck session . “I think he’s got a pretty good track record,” she said of Obama, “and he’s earned that right.” Kevin Lamarque/Reuters President Barack Obama announces Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for the Supreme Court on March 16, 2016. Despite his qualifications, Garland has  waited longer than any other Supreme Court nominee for a confirmation hearing . After chastising Republican leadership in the Senate for denying him a hearing and a vote, Clinton went on to describe how she would go about the job. “If I have the opportunity to make any Supreme Court appointments, I’m going to look broadly and widely for people who represent the diversity of our country, who bring some common-sense, real-world experience,” she said. Garland is one of the most qualified judges in the country, and Democrats and progressive groups have fallen behind Obama’s choice. But he’s not exactly a household name or someone to rally the base ― he’s white, older, a judicial moderate and relatively pro-prosecution on criminal justice issues. That context is key to understanding Clinton’s remarks ― delivered during a nationally syndicated radio show reaching a predominantly African-American audience. That’s why we need a Supreme Court that actually represents the people of this country and our more fundamental values. Hillary Clinton “You know, I’m still absolutely outraged by what the Supreme Court did to the Voting Rights Act ,” she went on, referring to the court’s 2013 decision to strike down a part of the landmark law. “I was in the Senate. I voted to reauthorize it, as did 98 of my colleagues ― Republicans and Democrats alike. George W. Bush signed it. And then this Supreme Court, with this conservative majority at the time, said, ‘Oh, we don’t need the Voting Rights Act