Bush Will Announce Tonight......
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Tue Jul 19 14:18:58 MDT 2005
+FROM DRUDGE. WHOEVER...LET THIS NEW JUSTICE BE
PRO-LIFE. THAT'S WHAT THE ELECTIONS OF 2000 AND
2004 WERE ALL ABOUT!
Bush to announce court choice at 9pm ET tonight.
Speculation centers on female judge from Louisiana
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush settled on a nominee for the
Supreme Court on Tuesday and the White House made arrangements for
a nationally televised prime time announcement.
"I'll let you know when I'm ready," he said at a midday news
conference where he declined to tip his hand.
That only intensified speculation on his choice for the first
opening on the court in more than a decade and a replacement for
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
The announcement was set for 9 p.m. ET from the East Room of the
White House. The nominee's family was expected to be with Bush and
One list that circulated was top-heavy with the names of women.
Judge Edith Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans
was among them.
Another female candidate thought to have been under consideration
was Edith Hollan Jones, who also serves on the 5th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Bush said he had considered "a variety of people, people from
different walks of life."
The tension was palpable in the West Wing of the White House;
after a day of intense speculation, White House press secretary
Scott McClellan walked into the press briefing room and said
bluntly: "The president has made a decision and will be announcing
his nominee to the Supreme Court at 9 o'clock."
McClellan said the American people expected that the Senate
confirmation process would be a dignified one.
Other names that have been mentioned are:
Maura Corrigan, a judge on the Michigan Supreme Court
Cecilia M. Altonaga, a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern
District of Florida
Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard Law School professor
Karen Williams from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
Janice Rogers Brown, recently confirmed by the Senate for the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Priscilla Owen, who was just confirmed for a seat on the 5th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals.
Other possible candidates are conservative federal appellate court
judges Samuel Alito, J. Michael Luttig, Michael McConnell, John
Roberts Jr., Emilio Garza and J. Harvie Wilkinson III; and former
deputy attorney general Larry Thompson.
Bush had said ever since O'Connor's July 1 announcement that he
wanted to move with some speed and that he wanted the new justice
to be seated before the court begins its fall term in October.
The dynamic might have changed a bit when Chief Justice William H.
Rehnquist last week put out word that he had no intention of
stepping down and that he would continue on the court despite his
battle with thyroid cancer. Nevertheless, with Congress nearing a
summer recess and then a busy September, some time pressure was
Though Washington was abuzz with speculation about Clement, the
president ignored a question about what he thought of her.
"I guess the best way to say it is, I'll let you know when I'm
ready to tell you who it is," the president said. He jokingly
acknowledged that he was trying to dodge the question.
"I'm comfortable with where we are in the process," the president
said. He said he has considered a variety of people from different
walks of life, some of whom he knew before and some he had never
"I do have an obligation to think about people from different
backgrounds that have shared the same philosophy, people who will
not legislate from the bench," Bush said. He spoke at a press
conference with visiting Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
At Clement's office in New Orleans, a man who identified himself
as a law clerk said the judge was not available. "That's what I've
been instructed to say," he told a caller who asked if she were in
In anticipation of a selection, officials said the White House had
contacted selected Republican senators they hoped would serve as
advocates for the nominee in media interviews in the initial time
following an announcement. Democrats scoured the rulings and
writings of leading contenders, including Clement, a 57-year-old
jurist who was confirmed on a 99-0 vote by the Senate when she was
elevated to the appeals court in 2001.
White House officials have refused to discuss the names of top
prospects being considered as a replacement for the departing
O'Connor, who was the first woman appointed to the court.
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