Obama to announce Supreme Court nominee Wednesday

Washington D.C. (RNN) - President Obama will announce a Supreme Court nominee 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Rose Garden, according to an email from the White House.

"As president, it is both my constitutional duty to nominate a Justice and one of the most important decisions that I - or any president - will make," Obama noted in the email.

"I've devoted a considerable amount of time and deliberation to this decision. I've consulted with legal experts and people across the political spectrum, both inside and outside government. And we've reached out to every member of the Senate, who each have a responsibility to do their job and take this nomination just as seriously," he said.

The nomination comes despite strong opposition from Republicans in Congress, who want to wait until a new president to be elected for that position to be filled.

The nominee would replace conservative jurist Antonin Scalia.

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