Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Presidential candidates are offering their condolences on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  The 79-year-old conservative justice was found dead at a ranch in West Texas this morning.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz urged the Senate to make sure that the next president names his replacement, a sentiment that Marco Rubio also expressed. 

Cruz also praised Scalia for being an "unrelenting defender" of issues such as religious liberty, free speech, private property rights and the separation of powers.

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump says Scalia's unexpected death is a "massive setback for the conservative movement and our country."  Jeb Bush said that he had often mentioned that Scalia was his favorite justice. 

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also mourned Scalia's loss.  He says that while he disagreed with Scalia's views, he was, quote, "a brilliant, colorful and outspoken member of the Supreme Court."  Hillary Clinton also said that she didn't agree with Scalia, but he was a dedicated public servant.  She said Republicans in the Senate and those who want Scalia's seat to remain vacant, quote, "dishonor our Constitution." 

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