President Barack Obama says he plans to nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death was announced Saturday.

“I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time,” Obama said.

“There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote.”

Obama said Scalia had a “brilliant legal mind with an energetic style, incisive wit and colorful opinions.”

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