In 2006, then-Sen. Obama argued for a tough Senate screening of SCOTUS nominees

The junior senator in 2005.
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Following the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, partisan battle lines are being drawn over whether President Obama will be permitted to fill the vacant seat. With Republicans planning to "delay, delay, delay" in hopes of a 2016 White House win, Democrats like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) argue it is the Senate's duty to accept Obama's SCOTUS pick.

But when Obama was in the Senate himself, he took a position much closer to the GOP's current view while considering President George W. Bush's nomination of Justice Samuel Alito in January 2006:

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