President Bush will be announcing his choice for Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement on the Supreme Court of the United States tonight at a 9 P.M.
televised address. It's not yet known who he'll pick. The nominee will have to be confirmed by the Senate, in what could turn into a contentious
battle if Senate Democrats wish to try to filibuster the nominee.
WASHINGTON - President Bush has decided whom to nominate to succeed Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court and was poised to announce his pick in a
prime-time Tuesday night address.
White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the Bush administration was asking television outlets to broadcast the speech live. Bush's spokesman
would not identify the president's choice. But there was intense speculation that it would be Judge Edith Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New
The televised speech was scheduled for 9 p.m. EDT.
The tension was palpable in the West Wing of the White House; after a day of intense speculation, 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.
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It looks like the current favorites are the two Ediths sitting on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Whomever is nominated, there will probably end up
being some sort of fight in the Senate but it remains to be seen whether the Democrats will actually try a filibuster.
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