April 21st, 2010
07:42 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama to discuss Supreme Court pick with party leaders

President Obama has been reaching out to potential candidates for the pending Supreme Court vacancy.
President Obama has been reaching out to potential candidates for the pending Supreme Court vacancy.

(CNN) – President Obama is expected to meet with key Republican and Democratic leaders Wednesday to discuss a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Obama has been privately reaching out this week to candidates for the pending Supreme Court vacancy, an administration source said Tuesday.

The president's conversations with potential candidates were conducted over the phone. Specifics of the discussions were not disclosed by the source.

Stevens announced he would retire shortly after the court's current term ends in late June.

White House officials have said they expect the president to pick his nominee by early May.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. proud mother and sister of soldiers

    Discuss? I doubt it. A mandate will be more like Obama and his silver tongue will manipulate the powers that aren't.

    April 21, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    The first question out of his mouth will be "How can we screw and fool the American people today."

    April 21, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Big Deal. The Dems are all yes people.

    April 21, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. DC Observer

    The meeting will take place in the basement of the White house in a dark windowless room with guards at the door. The only visitors allowed will be the union bosses; the pharma lobbyists; large campaign donors; Reverend Wright; Malcolm X; and a special delegation of socialists.

    Change you voted for...... patooey

    April 21, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. jp,michigan

    Another dog and pony show presented by the President. He shows the American people he wants bipartisan help in chooosing the next Justice, but in reality he dosen't really care what they think or want!

    April 21, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. AJ

    Why include democrats at all? This cowardly president will most likely choose a "moderate" (in reality a right wing Nazi) in order to appease republicans. The healthcare bill was nothing but a sham that really is not a step forward but a huge boon for the insurance industry, DODT is still in place, ect. I am a lifelong deomcrat and am fervently hoping that this president is a one term Johnny. I'd rather have republican in the White House than Obama. What a disappointment.

    April 21, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Bricks in the Wall of Gridlock

    If the Republicans swagger in and try to "litigate" this on the public airwaves, President Obama will dismiss them out of hand. The pick is his and his alone to make.

    The best way to influence this president is behind closed doors .... appealing to his intellect .... not by challenging his authority.

    Elections have consequences. After having named 7 of the last 9 Supreme Court justices, Republicans should expect that the Democrats will assert themselves fairly strongly.

    The best any advocacy group should do is to try to surface a name for the next replacement ... possibly Ruth Bader Ginsberg or Antonin Scalia.

    April 21, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope that the new justice will understand what impact their rulings could have. I would like a justice that doesn't reverse ruling about campaign finance that were there for several decades.

    April 21, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. JJ in NY

    Obama's "discussion" means that only he talks and everybody else just listens..... hope and change we didn't vote for .

    April 21, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. snoman

    Why should he reach out to those REPUGS they will just say no to anyone he picks anyway

    April 21, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |