Justice Antonin Scalia’s death heats up Republican debate

Justice Antonin Scalia’s death heats up Republican debate

Justice Antonin Scalia’s death heats up Republican debate

Written by Tharushan Fernando

14 Feb, 2016 | 5:16 pm

Following Iowa and New Hampshire, the race moved to South Carolina before the 20th February Primary.Front-Runner Donald Trump clashed with Texas Senator,Ted Cruz and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

chapman.0830 - 08/29/05 - A Supreme Court headed by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has questions for Chapman University Law School professor John Eastman as he and California Attorney General Bill Lockyer argue the 1905 ''Lochner v. State of New York'' case during a re-enactment Monday afternoon at Chapman University. (Credit: Mark Avery/Orange County Register/ZUMA Press)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has created a vacancy on the court,triggered a monumental election-year battle in Washington over whether President Barack Obama should choose a successor who could tilt the Supreme Court toward liberals and shifted the discussion towards social issues like gay rights and abortion.

Obama said Saturday he would nominate a successor “in due time,”

Justice Scalia’s death was addressed early on with most of the six candidates saying the next president should choose his replacement. Trump on stage said he was certain President Obama would make the nomination whether Republicans liked it or not.

The debate was intense with Florida Senator Marco Rubio bounced back after stumbling in a previous debate performance and took on Ted Cruz on immigration reform saying that Mr Cruz’s shifts on position in immigration was an example of his dishonesty.

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Donald Trump and Jeb Bush were thrown in to an exchange over the war in Iraq and President George Bush’s role during the 11 September attacks. “We should have never been in Iraq,” Mr Trump said and stated that they lied and there were no weapons of mass destruction

The next primary and caucus is in South Carolina next week. Other states will have their turn over the coming weeks and months.

Each party formally announces their presidential candidate at conventions in July, four months before the presidential election

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