Paul, Gray clash over Supreme Court in US Senate debate

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he “can’t imagine” voting for a Supreme Court nominee from Hillary Clinton but stopped short of vowing to continue a blockade of Democratic appointments.

Paul, who is seeking re-election in Kentucky after his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination, said he would meet with potential Clinton nominees and said he would support them only if the person “believes in the separation of powers.”

The Republican-controlled Senate has blocked President Barack Obama’s choice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Other Republicans, including John McCain and Ted Cruz, have suggested the Senate would block any Clinton nominee.

Paul’s comments came during a televised debate. Democrat Jim Gray said the Senate should have done its job and given Obama’s nominee a hearing.

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