President Obama calls Antonin Scalia a larger-than-life figure on the U.S. Supreme Court. The 79-year old Scalia was found dead at a West Texas resort. Speaking from Southern California, the President called Justice Scalia one the most towering legal scholars of modern times. He also said Scalia was "one of the most consequential judges and thinkers" to serve on the high court.
President Obama said he will nominate a successor to Scalia "in due time." He said he expects the Senate to give the nominee a fair hearing and a timely confirmation vote. After news of Scalia's death surfaced, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the high court vacancy should not be filled until after the next president takes office in 11-months.