Obama: I Will Nominate, Expect a 'Timely Vote' Republicans want him to hold off on Scalia seat in election year By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Feb 13, 2016 8:08 PM CST 224 comments Comments In this Sept. 26, 1986, photo, retiring Chief Justice Warren Burger, right, swears in Antonin Scalia. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi) (Newser) – President Obama paid tribute to the late Antonin Scalia Saturday night, but he also made clear that he intends to nominate a successor despite Republican opposition to that idea. "I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor in due time," said Obama, per Politico. "There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a full hearing and timely vote." Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, and others want the position to remain vacant for the next president to fill. In his brief comments, Obama said Scalia "will no doubt be remembered as one of the most consequential judges and thinkers on the Supreme Court."