Indiana's Dan Coats is not among Republican U.S. senators who say President Barack Obama should refrain from nominating a Supreme Court justice in the last year of his term. [...] "If the president nominates someone, which is his choice, I think that person would deserve a hearing if that person is not someone that is just obviously nominated for political purposes," Coats said this week in an interview.
"The fact is, no one knows who is going to win the election," said Richard G. Lugar, the former Republican senator from Indiana. "Therefore, speculating that whoever is nominated is going to be in a better position may be an error." [...] "I can understand their reluctance given the controversy that surrounds all of the debate that has already occurred," Mr. Lugar said. "But that is not sufficient reason to forgo your duty." His view was shared by Olympia J. Snowe, a former moderate Republican senator from Maine. "I believe that the process should go forward and be given a good-faith effort -- and ultimately people will come to their own decision on a vote on a nominee," she said in a statement.