May 1st, 2009
01:46 PM ET
13 years ago

Biden won't lead Supreme Court vetting team

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would serve as an adviser to President Obama on the Supreme Court vetting process, but he would not "lead" the vetting team, a White House aide told CNN.

"If there were to become a vacancy, the vice president's role would be as an advisor to the president," the aide said. "As a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he brings a lot of experience and knowledge of how this process works on the Hill – but reports he's leading or would be leading a 'vetting team' etc aren't true."

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  1. Janice, NM

    I love our Vice President, so leave him alone. Of course he brings his many years of experience and expertise to the selection of the next Surpreme Court justice, and I know he will do a fine job.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 1, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Marge

    Please don't allow Caroline Kennedy anywhere near the process. Look at who she picked for VP.

    May 1, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, Va

    If Hillary wasn't Secretary of State, she'll be the ideal candidate.

    May 1, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. shucks

    Bill Clinton would be an excellent choice to cause a total republican implosion.

    May 1, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Pat F

    What a HOOT! He's a heartbeat from the presidency, yet he can't be trusted with ANY important task!

    Obama wanted someone of, shall we say, modest intelligence, who would never pose a threat of competition. In other words, Biden is a designated buffoon.

    May 1, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. dittohead using forty names

    Joe knows how things work,he would be good for this job.Lets not forget to call or Email Rush Limbaugh and give our opinion of how the American people want this process to work.Rush is having open mike friday,and wants even liberals and centrists to call him.Lets see if hes telling the truth.

    May 1, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Big D

    Thank you for the unusally neutral reporting of this story. I'm really frustrated with every story about the VP having a negative spin, and reiterating that he's made gaffes before. The coverage of his comments on the flu has been ridiculous. Please continue to report what the VP is working on, without all of the needlessly negative commentary about him. Thanks for respecting the VP.

    May 1, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. mark

    I can understand the gaffe master not being included after telling people not to fly or take the subway.........

    May 1, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Mississippi Mike

    Oh, come on. I bet he'd come up with a real humm-dinger.

    May 1, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Jerry

    ...that's because when told about Souter, he said, "What's the Supreme Court?"

    May 1, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. ray ray

    Dear lord... if the SCOTUS is vetted by the Obama team we should expect to learn of the nominee: No taxes paid, Former Lobbyist, and likely associated with the ACLU.

    Question –

    If it is revealed that Obama violated the Constitutional Requirement for citizenship... can ALL of his appointments be removed after-the-fact?

    May 1, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. steve b

    This is probably a good decision

    May 1, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Romney2012

    I can't imagine anyone in this current fraud of an administration having any credibility to select a supreme court justice. We'll end up with some loony left, probably a tax cheat, or some other criminal activity that the ACORNERS are scurrying like the little rats they are to cover up....the government's a disgrace for the nation.

    May 1, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Shirley In California

    I'm an Obama supporter but let's face it. Obama has known for at least two years who he would try to appoint should he become president. All of these suggestions mean absolutely nothing in the long run. I'm sure he's weighed all the options and knows exactly which direction he is going. Although I'm sure he will listen to advice.

    May 1, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Mrs. Biden

    That's smart. Biden couldn't pause from all his self-admiration when he was supposed to be challenging the nominations of Roberts and Alito at their hearings. Give Biden some dogs to walk, or some lumber to cut on that day.

    May 1, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Kevin in Ohio

    Barack is starting to learn to keep a tight leash on him........

    May 1, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Matthew, Philadelphia, PA

    In other words, the administration doesn't want Biden out in front putting one foot after another in his mouth on cable and broadcast news.

    May 1, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Proud DHS radical

    Ol Joe is too busy everyday trying to remove his foot from his mouth to be bother leading a vetting team.

    May 1, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. KC

    In other words, he is not the sharpest crayon in the box.

    May 1, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. S Callahan

    With his extensive experience in this, at least he is advising the President...get it right Joe!

    May 1, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Does the VP usually lead th evetting team for these things? If not, this is a non-story. If so, then it's pretty obvious that the reason he's not is because the right wing extremists in Congress are already going to be seeking revenge for the whole Bork thing, so having Conan the Delawarian in charge of the vetting team would only rile them further.

    May 1, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. D.Blue

    Can Obama just appoint his wife??
    Job for life, How cool is that?

    May 1, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. dace

    As long as we get a liberal to keep the current extremist far right in check – the current court will be nothing more than a bush perversion full of ideologues for decades even with a real human being appointed. We need to get rid of at least one of the right wing hacks that gave us the illegal election of bush in the first place.

    May 1, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. John from LA

    THANK GOD!!!!-considering he was at the bottom of his Law School class-and didn't people complain about McCain being at the bottom of his graduating class???hmmmmmm-I didn't vote for either of them-Maybe in 2012 we'll FINALLY see a third party! and a court that is Tolerant of ALL!!!

    May 1, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. munchmom

    That's a good thing....he doesn't know anything about the swine flu, so he certainly hasn't got sense enough to find a suitable candidate for the new Justice.

    May 1, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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