Democrat Reaction to Miers

By: AP
By: AP

At least one Democratic leader in the Senate is offering public praise of President Bush's Supreme Court justice nominee.

On the Senate floor yesterday, Harry Reid said he's "impressed" with what he knows about Harriet Miers, but has stopped short of endorsing her. Reid says that would be premature. He also urged his colleagues not to rush to judgment about her.

Conservatives have expressed concern that she doesn't have a track record as a judge. But Reid, a former trial lawyer, said he regards that "as a strength, not a weakness." Reid told senators the high court would benefit from someone who is an experienced lawyer, as Miers is.

Miers has been meeting with leading Republican lawmakers to try to nail-down their support.

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