Rock Hill, SC - With late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat now vacant, people in South Carolina hope the President and Senate Republicans can come to an agreement on who's most fit for the job.
"I think he should be looking for someone who not only represents his own values but also would be able to create a bridge to the right,” said Lauren Leonard, a freshman at Winthrop University.
"A good moderate candidate would balance out the bench pretty well, I think,” said Tristan Proctor, a junior at Winthrop University.
Proctor and Leonard have been keeping a close eye on the political landscape and were both shocked to hear of Scalia's sudden death.
Honestly, my first thought was I wonder how,” said Proctor. “I didn't realize he was as old as he was."
At first, I thought that he’s been such a legendary conservative justice, so it was such a sadness for his family and for his wife,” said Proctor.
According to Karen Kedrowski, Winthrop's Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, the brilliance and creativity Scalia brought to the bench will be sorely missed. She says the political battle that is sure to ensue is predictable.
“What you see are both political parties and campaigns on either side racing to find precedence that support their position, either rules or recommendations that support whether or not President Obama should make an appointment,” said Kedrowski.
And, if they do, Senate Republicans are sure to follow with a filibuster, which Leonard says is a decision she hopes is made based on sound evidence.
“I believe that if they genuinely think that this nominee could create healing amongst the two political parties, I think that it would be wrong of them to just reject the nominee outright,” said Leonard.