April 9th, 2010
03:12 PM ET
13 years ago

White House has list of 'about 10' names to replace Stevens

(CNN) - A senior administration official tells CNN that the White House has "about 10" names on the list to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Another senior administration official told CNN that some on the list have "already been vetted," referring to those considered when Justice Sonia Sotomayor was chosen.

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    What? Another "wise Latina" who thinks it's perfectly okay to screw whites who have the temerity to do things better than blacks?

    April 9, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. camper

    What wise person will he pick this time?

    April 9, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Mark

    It's scary knowing that the most liberal, radical president in our history will be nominating a like-minded radical judge to the bench.

    He better do it before the senate turns over to republican control in the mid term election.

    April 9, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. mike

    the fact the anyone listens to Sara Palin at all shows the country is going in wrong direction

    April 9, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Pkm

    I hope obama picks one who is not bend to eighter party

    April 9, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. JP

    For all you demoncrats out there, let's hope he nominates Sarah Palin. I love reading all of your witty comment about her.

    April 9, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    @camper – since the President is way wiser than you and your dumb little comment I am sure he will pick well.

    April 9, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Glennis

    Due to Obama's continuing exhibition of poor judgement, I'm anticipating seeing some interesting names on this list.

    April 9, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Travis In Colorado

    I wonder what kind of WISE person Obama will choose. Maybe a tax cheat, maybe a racist, maybe someone from Chicago, or all three!

    April 9, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Willy Brown

    don't forget, Huey, Louie and Dewy Obambi

    April 9, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. mkielm

    I don't understand many of these comments. as long as the nominee has demonstrated a superior knowledge of U.S. law, Obama should be able to nominate anyone he believes will perform the functions of the job. Bush 1 & 2 nominated conservative/right wing justices (I assume they were competent regarding U.S. law), why can't Obama nominate liberal/left wing justices?

    Why does the right (and the left) get all crazy about this. I know that many people voted for Obama because the next president would have the opportunity to nominate several USSC juctices and there was a perception that the right had made many more appointments then the left over the past 3 decades. As it stands the right looks to control the USSC for a while anyway, so let Obama nominate a competent justice and lets move on to more pressing things.

    April 9, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. ib

    I bet they are all far left looney tune judges that don't give a hoot about the constitution just like Obama.

    April 9, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How about Sarah Palin, OOPS, I forgot it took her 6 years and 5 colleges just to get a journalism degree and that cooked her brain.

    April 9, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Tracy

    Not that I have a vote...but if I did mine would go for current Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. Just sayin'...my vote and all...

    April 9, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Dennis

    Thank God the conservatives are among the younger justices. Obama won't get the chance to replace them.

    April 9, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. geecee

    I think Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachman, Rush Limbag, Michelle Malkin, Anne Coulter, Sean Hannity, Dick Morris, Bill O'Reilly, Neil Cavuto, and Orly Teitz would be great choices!!! We all know how (un)intelligent, (un)truthful, (un)fair, (un)balanced, mentally-deranged and judgmental they all are. Excellent choices, any one of them.

    Seriuosly, I have no doubt our President will select a well-qualified candidate. I full expect though that the Republicans will only vote for someone in the above-listed paragraph. Anyone else will get a "NO" vote from the Republicans.

    April 9, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Dyan, Minnesota

    I want and I expect at least one strong, clear LIBERAL voice on the court. For years, I've had to live with the conservatives scream about just wanting a competent justice while what they really meant was rabid right-wing. As a result we have Thomas, Alito and Scalia. Not one of which can be described as centrist or moderate. That's fine.......... but this time I want a liberal. Not a centrist. Not a conservative. Not a moderate. But a true liberal voice to balance the three extreme right-wing views already present.

    Do you hear me President Obama? I'm not settling for less than a true liberal. Not if you want my vote next election.

    April 9, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Al - Sacramento, CA

    Okay, here is what President Obama expected to do.

    I think he will pick an extremely qualified, moderate, unbiased, intelligent, not that old, with extensive experience and very clean record, that would eventually be rejected by the usual 41 votes!

    Just my humble intelligent guess!

    April 9, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Henry

    He can name anyone–anyone- and the GOP will oppose them simply to cause trouble for Obama. GOP is completely unreasonable at the present time, just the opposite of the way they were in the 1970's.

    April 9, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. MYbadd

    I If I was POTUS I would nominate Reverend Wright just to see the look an the goppers faces!LMAO

    April 9, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Steve from Texas

    you like to keep saying Obama doesn't care about the constitution, but it's really the Republicans who hate it. When W. passed the unconstitutional Patriot Act, you stood around and said Oh yeah that's great! Spying on Americans without a warrant is blatantly unconstiutional. You pugs just like to say things aren't constitutional that you don't like.
    And yes, I'm disappointed that Obama hasn't taken steps to undo the unconstitutional provisions of the Patriot Act.
    To paraphrase a famous man, "Those who would give up liberties to achieve a little security deserve neither liberty or security."
    There are ways to get things done without dismantling the constitution like the Republicans did during the last administration.

    April 9, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Hammerer

    Our national debt is nearing $13 trillion, the real jobless number is somewhere around 20%, spending is out of control, and what is Obama doing? Flying off to Russia to give up nuclear arms, toss out a baseball, argue with Sarah Palin who knows most about nuclear arms, berate a Gov. because he did not mention slavery in a proclimation, and he claims to be a leader.
    53% of the households are supporting the deadbeats and the freeloaders that make up the other 47%. This is only fair according to the Obama regime the haves give to the have nots, or sharing the wealth.
    There is something wrong with this picture.

    April 9, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |