Biden: Obama Nominated Merrick Garland to Supreme Court to Appeal to Republicans

In a speech at Georgetown Law School, vice president notes that Obama selected a judge with a reputation as a moderate, his duty in a divided government.

Judge Merrick Garland receives applauds from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as he is introduced as Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
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AP — Vice President Joe Biden says it was President Barack Obama's "responsibility" to name a moderate to the Supreme Court in an effort to appeal to the Republican-led Senate.

Now, he says it's the Senate turn to do its part.

In a speech at Georgetown Law School, Biden said he and Obama took care to consult with the Senate in choosing Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Biden noted that Obama selected a judge with a reputation as a moderate — his duty in a divided government.

The vice president's speech was in part an attempt to defend his record on judicial nominations. Republicans are holding up Biden's past remarks on the subject to bolster their case for ignoring Garland's nomination.