MARCH 16, 2016 10:50 AM ET // BY TRACY STAEDTER
THINKSTOCK Obama is set to nominate a person to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February.
This morning, the White House launched a Twitter account devoted to the nominee for Supreme Court justice. According to the account's description, @SCOTUSnom was set up to disseminate facts on the nominee and the process.
It could also be a response to the negative campaign launched by the Republicans to fight any nomination from the Obama administration.
Ever since Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly in February, leaving a vacancy on the court, the GOP-controlled House and Senate have said they would not consider any nomination from Obama, since this is an election. Obama would likely put forth a candidate more liberal than Scalia, known for his conservative interpretation of the Constitution.
Shortly after Scalia's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a press conference, "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president," Politico reported.
But Obama is pressing forward with the nomination, saying it's his duty, and is expected to name the person at a press briefing at 11:00 am ET today. Already the Twitter account is putting out information and facts aimed, it seems, at the controversy surrounding a nomination in an election year.