Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's name has surfaced on a handful of news media sites as a possible candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia over the weekend.
Scalia's passing has sparked a debate over who should pick the next justice for the high court. President Obama has the constitutional authority to nominate a candidate, but the Republican-controlled Senate has the duty to confirm that pick.
University of Minnesota political science professor Timothy Johnson says he thinks Klobuchar could actually get confirmed by a GOP Senate.
"Senator Klobuchar was the prosecutor for Hennepin County for years, which means she has proven record of being tough on crime which is clearly a conservative issue," he said. "And so she sort of seems to fit what would be this moderate candidate."
Johnson says Klobuchar is also well-liked by her Senate colleagues.
Klobuchar has not responded to questions about who should be the next Supreme Court justice.
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