President Barack Obama called Democrats and Republicans to the White House Tuesday to discuss election-year standoff over the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Neither side showed signs of budging.
In an awkward Oval Office sit-down that lasted less than an hour, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered their case for refusing to consider any nominee to the highest court during the throes of a presidential election.
Their Democratic counterparts, meanwhile, resolved to 'continue beating the drum,' Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters after the meeting.
The gathering was the first time the leaders have met since Justice Antonin Scalia's death last month set off an election-year clash over the Supreme Court vacancy.
Stand off: President Obama and vice-president Joe Biden held talks with (from left) Harry Reid and Patrick Leahy, Democrats, and Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley, Republicans, on the SCOTUS standoff