Despite criticism and charges of hypocrisy, U.S. Sen. John McCain is standing by his decision to join fellow Senate Republicans in saying that President Barack Obama should not get to pick the replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
McCain, R-Ariz., is facing several challengers in the state's Aug. 30 GOP primary and, if he is re-nominated, is expected to face U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., in the Nov. 8 general election.
Kirkpatrick was quick to rip McCain for taking a seemingly politically calculated position that diverged from past stances that gave presidents leeway on judicial confirmations.
"This is about a lame-duck president who will be unaccountable to the American people," McCain, R-Ariz., told The Arizona Republic. "And I think that one of the most important duties of a president of the United States is to nominate. Obviously, as we know, it's the Senate that confirms. But I want the next president to be held responsible for the selection of his or her nominee."