Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte to Meet With Garland Next Week

Apr 5, 2016


Kelly Ayotte
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is planning to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland next week.

Ayotte says the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13.

Ayotte faces re-election in one of the Senate's most high-profile races against popular Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

She is part of a group of Republicans who have said they are willing to meet with President Barack Obama's nominee, but remain opposed to hearings and a vote.

Ayotte said Monday she will meet with Garland out of courtesy and respect. She plans to explain her view "that the people should have a voice in this important nomination through their votes in November."