April 21st, 2010
11:05 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama discusses Supreme Court pick with Senate leaders

(CNN) - President Obama met Wednesday with Senate leaders from both parties to discuss a replacement for retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

The president welcomed Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada; Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky; Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont; and the Judiciary panel's ranking Republican, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, to the White House meeting. Vice President Joe Biden also attended.

Stevens, who turned 90 on Tuesday, has announced that he will retire shortly after the Supreme Court's term ends in late June. White House officials have said they expect the president to pick his nominee by early May.

In brief comments before the meeting, Obama said he wants a new justice to support individual rights, including women's rights, but he stopped short of insisting that his nominee must support abortion rights.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I don't see why republicans need to be in the room. They're going to want a conservative. We already have enough of those on the bench already. The POTUS needs to pick the most liberal candidate he can find. After the recent SCOTUS decision putting our elections up for sale, their are clearly justices legislating from the bench.

    April 21, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Doug,lib jersey

    If Scott Brown was not elected, we might have seen Supreme Court Justice Wright or Ayers, Obama is that much of an extremist, the posers at the Tea Party and the assult of conservatives in New Orleans show this administrations true colors (watch libs will call that racist like saying black hole).

    Obama wants a judge that will take away our rights and make us slaves to a socialist dictatorship. He represents the most radical hate America blue lib mentality in this country. He follows the rules for radicals, because he is one.

    April 21, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. cyount

    He better pick a moderate because the conservatives in the Senate will filibuster a liberal activist.

    April 21, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Copying From The Smart Kid in Class?

    Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the SCOTUS by a vote of 52 to 48.

    The President only needs 50 Senatorial votes to get his Supreme Court nominee confirmed since Joe Biden, as President of the Senate, would break any tie vote.

    Republicans have named 7 of the 9 Justices on the court and have systematically made the court more conservative. Furthermore, 7 of 9 Justices are women ... with50% of law school students are women.

    It's time to bring some balance to the court

    April 21, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Too bad that poll has obliterated any motivation the GOPers might have had (albeit doubtful they had any in the first place) to act reasonably about the next SCOTUS nominee.

    April 21, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Steph

    Hmmm, I don't remember W meeting with a bipartisan group to discuss his choices for the supreme court. Wasn't he supposed to be the great uniter, the compassionate conservative who could work with both sides of the aisle???

    I applaud Pres. Obama for doing this, but, just like health care reform, the Republicans will say one thing in the room and then walk out in front of the cameras and lie.

    April 21, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. sensible Cape Coral FL

    "Both sides expresssed a willingnes to make the necessary changes....." meaning DO IT MY WAY OR NOT AT ALL" God , you gotta love those Republicans!

    April 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. All's fair

    I hope the President gave Sessions and McConnell the bad news that he was seeking to appoint the most outrageously liberal candidate that he could find.

    April 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. diridi

    They need to worry about bringing the "Factories" back to USA. We do not need construction jobs, and we need to save "Forestry and wild life" to make environment cool and pleasent....thats all. Jobs, jobs, and jobs....we need. Please do not send them to India, China, and Phillipines...etc., see dollar is strong...India and China are manupulating money...watch it...correct it....save the USA!!!!

    April 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Sgt. USMC

    What the heck is the lying weasel McConnell doing there?

    Who cares what he has to say on the matter?

    April 21, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Send Mitch McConnell home, he's a total idiot.

    April 21, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Terry from West Texas

    Trying to reason with Conservative Leaders is like negotiating with North Korea. I don't understand why Obama wastes his time. They are not sincere. They will oppose any nominee he names, no matter who it is. They would even oppose a Conservative nominee that they would otherwise support, but they will oppose him or her because their strategy to regain power is to gridlock government. Stop, block, delay, halt, exaggerate, lie, minimize, exaggerate, and pretend to anything if it will make Obama fail, make Americans angry, and help their chances for regaining power.

    I think Obama should nominate the best candidate (Bill Clinton would be my choice) and let the Republicans filibuster until November. Let's see how long they can keep blowing out hot air.

    April 21, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Fitz In Texas

    Three for sure in that room I wouldn't trust (Biden, Reid and Obama) along with a few others.

    April 21, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. If it quacks like a duck.....

    Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky??? It baffles me how some of these guys come to be considered 'leaders'. Too bad Boehner and a few others weren't included.

    Like they say.....Keep your friends close and your enemies closer 🙂

    April 21, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. L

    And McConnell will still assert that they were not consulted and the final choice was totally partisan.

    It is all so predictable.

    April 21, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |