Watch How Obama Responds When Reporter Reminds Him That He Tried to Filibuster Alito in ’06

Democrats have been up in arms with Senate Republicans who’ve promised to block any Supreme Court nomination from President Barack Obama to replace conservative justice Antonin Scalia, who was found dead at a Texas resort Saturday. But a reporter asked Obama to comment on similar actions he took as a U.S. senator: “How do you respond to Republican criticism that your position is undercut by the fact that you and other members of your administration who were in the Senate at the time tried to filibuster Judge [Samuel] Alito in 2006?” Obama seemed momentarily taken aback by the question — and took a politically softer tone with his response. “You know the a, look, I think what’s fair to say is that how judicial nominations have evolved over time is not historically the fault of any single party,” Obama replied. “This has become just one more extension of politics. And there are times where folks are in the Senate, and they’re thinking as I just described primarily about, ‘Is this gonna cause me problems in a primary? Is gonna cause me problems with supporters of mine?’ So people take strategic positions, and I understand that.”

via TheBlaze

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