Sunday, May 3, 2009

Senators offer Obama advice on justice pick

Senators weighed in Sunday on President Barack Obama's choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

"I don't like to see an ideologue of either the right or the left. I don't think we're going to have one," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Republican Senator Richard Shelby on the same show also hoped Obama would make a pragmatic choice that did not lean too far to the left.

"If he will appoint a pragmatist, someone who is not an ideologue, that someone is not just going to light all the light bulbs in America on the left, I think that would be good for the country," Shelby said.

Orrin Hatch and Arlen Specter voiced similar viewpoints on ABC and CBS respectively.

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