Republican Senators Warn Against Partisan Nominee

Two Republican senators who met yesterday with President Barack Obama are promising to give fair treatment to the person he nominates to the Supreme Court.

Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, center, stands as he and other justices leave a memorial for the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist in 2006 at the Supreme Court in Washington. Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, announced today that he is retiring.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Republican senators who met yesterday with President Barack Obama are promising to give fair treatment to the person he nominates to the Supreme Court.

But in a joint statement, Mitch McConnell and Jeff Sessions are warning against any nominee who would "enter the courtroom with preconceived outcomes in mind," or who would work toward the goals of "any president or political party."

Obama invited Senate leaders from both parties to the White House to talk about the vacancy created by the resignation of John Paul Stevens.

Obama is said to be considering about 10 people. Among the new names on the list is federal appeals court judge Ann Williams of Chicago.

Obama said after yesterday's meeting that he wants a nominee who respects the rights of women and the privacy of their bodies. But he said he won't enforce any "litmus test" on abortion rights.


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