Bush Nominates Roberts

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President Bush has nominated John Roberts to be the next chief justice of the United States.

The president's announcement at the White House this morning follows the death over the weekend of Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Roberts is a federal appeals court judge and the president had nominated him this summer to fill the vacancy being created by the
retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Bush says over the past two months Americans have learned about what he says is Roberts' record of excellence and reputation of good will. And Bush says they like what they see.

The president says it's important to have Roberts in place as chief justice when the Supreme Court begins its new term next month and says he's confident the Senate will confirm him.

Roberts says he is honored and humbled to be nominated to succeed a man he says he deeply admired and respected.