It’s been about a month since President Obama nominated appellate judge Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Since then, 19 Republican senators have agreed to sit down with Garland for a so-called “courtesy meeting.” That’s despite GOP leadership saying the Senate won’t hold a confirmation hearing.
Our junior Senator from Illinois — Mark Kirk — was the first Republican to meet with Garland. According to Kirk’s office, over the course of 25 minutes, the two men discussed everything from Guantanamo Bay to gang violence in Chicago to the Tenth Amendment.
Tony Sarabia talks with Senator Mark Kirk about what came out of that meeting and other ways he’s stepping across the aisle as he gears up for a challenge from Democratic U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth in November.