MARFA, TX (KWES) - President Obama says he will nominate a supreme court justice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.
Justice Scalia's vacancy on the highest court has left a hole that is expected to be fought over by both the Democratic and Republican parties.
Obama said the nomination is bigger than any single party.
"These are responsibilities that I take seriously as should everyone. They are bigger than any one party. They are about our democracy. They are about the institution to which Justice Scalia dedicated his professional life and making sure it continues to function as the beacon of justice that our founders envisioned," Obama said.
Current presidential candidates have expressed their condolences for the Justice Scalia.
Republican presidential candidate and Senator Ted Cruz called Scalia a, "champion of our liberties and a stalwart defender of the constitution. He will go down as one of the few justices who single handedly changed the course of legal history."
Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump, said, "Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice. One of the best of all time. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans' most cherished freedoms."
Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders, said, "While I differed with Justice Scalia's views and jurisprudence. He was a brilliant, colorful and outspoken member of the supreme court."
Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Hillary Clinton, said, "I did not hold Justice Scalia's views, but he was a dedicated public servant who brought energy and passion to the bench."
The leader of the senate, Republican Mitch McConnell said the vacancy on the Supreme Court should be filled by the next president. However, Democrats want Scalia's vacant seat to be filled as soon as possible.
According to CNN, the possible nominees for the next justice include Sri Srinivasan, Jane Kelly, Merrick Garland and Amy Klobuchar.