Johnny Isakson, David Perdue reject long-term Supreme Court stonewall

Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, who is running for a third term, said should he and Clinton win this week he will "consider who she nominates at the time she does and make a decision that’s right for the people of Georgia."

Here's what he had to say on the sidelines of a GOP tailgate in Augusta on Friday:

Meanwhile, Perdue spokeswoman Megan Whittemore said the freshman will follow a similar approach:

Their remarks come as a few high profile Senate Republicans, including John McCain and Ted Cruz, and some conservative groups have proposed indefinitely blocking any Clinton Supreme Court nomination in order to stonewall any further ideological changes to the court. Other GOP senators, including Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have rejected the idea.

Both Georgia senators have fallen in line behind their Republican leaders regarding the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year. Neither man has scheduled a customary meeting with President Barack Obama's pick Merrick Garland, and both have argued that the new president should make the appointment -- a stance Isakson briefly had to answer to on the campaign trail.

For his part, Isakson said that if Clinton wins the presidency, he expects the Senate will confirm Garland before January. Many Republicans fear that Clinton would nominate a more liberal justice, swinging the ideological balance of the court even further to the left.

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that...