April 13th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama invites senators from both parties to discuss vacancy

President Obama has invited senators from both parties to a meeting to talk about the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.
President Obama has invited senators from both parties to a meeting to talk about the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has invited senators from both parties to a meeting to talk about the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy, the White House announced Tuesday.

Obama invited the Senate's majority and minority leaders - Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada and Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky - as well as the Democratic chairman and ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee - Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the White House said in a statement.

The meeting to discuss the opening created by the upcoming retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens will be on April 21 at the White House, according to the statement.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Let's see if the Repubs say "No" to this too... Hopefully, the President will provide them with milk & cookies so they don't feel like "nattering nabobs of negativism" (Spiro Agnew's famous line).

    April 13, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Brink

    Ten bucks says McConnell says "no".

    April 13, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. El Gordo

    I think Bill Clinton would be a good choice. His heart is in the right place. He wants Americans to prosper and be happy, unlike Conservatives. He is used to debating and defeating Conservatives, so maybe he can handle the five Republican Party hacks who make up a majority of the court now. And, he wants a chance to redeem himself.

    There is no reason to consult Republicans on this nomination. They'll vote against the nominee no matter who it is.

    April 13, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Louis

    Let's see if the Repubs say "No" to this too... Hopefully the President will provide them with milk & cookies so they don't feel like "nattering nabobs of negativism." (Former Rep. VP Spiro Agnew's famous line about the opposition.)

    April 13, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Our President is a class act.....and a VERY SMART COOKIE!! You betcha!

    April 13, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Angus McDugan

    OK. I know I have not has a lot of positives to say about Obama but this move is better.

    April 13, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Josh

    Our president is still extending his hand to the republicans to try and join him in a solution to our countries problems. I don't think that they will try and help our country because all they want is for us to fail so they can get back into power. The same power that got us into this deep recession that we are in. Self interest First and the people of america Second.

    April 13, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. sonsarchangel

    The GOP hates when he reaches across the isle. He's done so for 12 nonths and they still crank up the hate. Where's the News Stories and Headlines about how the Economy was when Obama walked into office versus now??? He has saved the country from disaster and deserves FULL credit

    April 13, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Dave

    This is all pomp and circumstance. Like his sit down with leaders on health care. In the end, he is going to select who he already has in mind. This is a show. The two party system is a scam anyway.

    April 13, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Dgeorge

    I certainly hope these opposers of everything and everyone will finally do the job they were sent to Washington to do , if not we should kick them all out of office. Let them go struggle to find a real job like the rest of us.

    April 13, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    When is President Obama going to come to grips with the fact that the Republican Party has no intention of playing nice. They're already talking about filibustering his choice, and he HAS NOT even picked anyone yet!

    As I've said previously, you have to begrudingly admire him for trying to be bi-partisan. And I wish him luck; lots of luck. He's going to need it. The GOP won't cooperate unless and until they're in charge, and then they make sure the rich get richer and the rest of us get trickled on. Oh well.

    April 13, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. SAM DACOSTA

    I admire the President for always trying to include the Republicans within his agenda, even when they have pledged to resit and vote NO on all his proposals.

    April 13, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Since these Republicans support Palin, President Obama should ask them if Sarah or Todd Palin are qualified for a justice position. They all decided that Hillary Clinton is the best qualified, which she is, what's wrong with their own Republican.

    April 13, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. ATL Guy

    And as soon as the meeting is over the Republicans will run to Fox News and say that the President has nominated the most liberal, activitist judge EVER to the bench. It will be Armaggedon if this person is confirmed in the eyes of the Republicans!!!

    April 13, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. MAD IN TEXAS

    OBAMA you better ask members of the TEA PARTY also because we will be the ruling majority. THE TEA PARTY MEANS GOD BLESS AMERICA. We salute the flag, honer our military and are for taking care of our elderly, military and avoiding socialism. We will NOT stand for another major company to leave these United States because of your money hunger incumbents. You better start working for the people are you will be gone in November. COME ONE COME ALL JOIN THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. THESE PEOPLE ARE DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY.

    April 13, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Average American

    But, but, but...he doesn't want bipartisanship! Or so the Republicans say. Anyone remember this happening under George W Bush, "the great uniter, the one who would work across the aisle" (or any other president for that matter)????

    April 13, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. gt

    go hillary !!!!

    April 13, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Laverne

    President Obama is a better person than me, he continues to offer an olive branch to the nasty GOP even when they continue to give him their butts to kiss. He's a good man with a good heart, something the rethugs don't know a thing about. I am so proud to call this man POTUS!

    April 13, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. a health economist

    Fantastic. I'd love to hear the Republicans' thoughts as to how replacing someone considered to be one of the most liberal Supreme Court Justices with another liberal can move the Supreme Court further to the left. Personally, I'd like to see all of the Justices as centrists or moderates but I realize that is unlikely. I'd be more than satisfied with the Judges spanning the political spectrum. There are nine for crying out loud. They don't all need to be at the extremes.

    April 13, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. cnn = 100% democrat support all the time

    don't show up repubs. he doesn't care what you think.

    April 13, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    The right thing to do BUT – they, meaning the RepubliCAN'Ts are still going to make a circus out of it like they did with Health Care!!!

    April 13, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Obama's a glutton for punishment I suppose. He'll do this, listen to what Beaker and Boenher have to say and then those two will go around misrepresenting what took place and demogoguing up some nutty justification for opposing anyone and everyone Obama might possibly nominate. I guarantee that no matter who it is, the label "radical" is going to come flying out of the GOPers' mouths like partisan political projectile vomit aimed straight at the nominee's forehead.

    April 13, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Clint

    Talk about being a weak president! How pathetic!

    April 13, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Cecilia

    Well, that discussion wont take long. President Obama will mention a possible candidate and the Republicans will say NO
    End of subject.
    why not just nominate the best and start pushing. the Democrats could nominate a Saint with leadership skills, multiple law degrees, IQ over 200, without a blemish on their personal life and it would still be NO
    Remember, the mission is to make Obama fail

    April 13, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. Jimbo

    THAT is the way a President should act...!

    April 13, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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