Clinton urges Obama to pick a nominee for Supreme Court justice from the political arena

Clinton urges Obama to pick a nominee for Supreme Court justice from the political arenaHe and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are too old to be Supreme Court justices, former U. S. President Bill Clinton said on Sunday.

His comments on ABC's "This Week" came after some had mentioned the secretary of state as a possible replacement for retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

President Barack Obama was urged by the former president to pick a nominee from the political arena, noting justices often used to come from politics, though all nine now on the high court came from the federal bench.

Clinton said, "I hope he'll take a look at somebody who hasn't been a judge. Some of the best justices in the Supreme Court in history have been non-judges, people that, as (the late justice) Hugo Black once famously said, had been sheriffs and county judges, people that have seen how the lofty decisions of the Supreme Court affect the ordinary lives of Americans."

Obama should seek a nominee in the late 40s or early 50s and added neither he nor his wife has any interest in becoming a justice, he said.

He further added, "I think at one point in her life she have might been interested in it. But she's like me, you know. We're kind of doers. We like being out there and doing things, rowing our own boat and making changes we could see happen."

As president, Clinton nominated Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Steven Breyer to the Supreme Court.

It was also said by him that he had failed in his efforts to persuade then-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and then-Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell to agree to be nominated to the high court. (With Inputs from Agencies)




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