U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's name bandied as a possible Supreme Court justice nominee
As a possible Supreme Court justice nominee, U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's name was bandied about on national television on Monday.
They thought Clinton, who previously was their colleague representing New York and who nearly won the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, has "done a good job for the country," Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaking on NBC's "Today Show," said.
It was Hatch, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who brought up Clinton's name, saying she would be "an interesting person in the mix." However, he added that while he likes Clinton he is "not going to judge anybody right now."
It has been reported that President Barack Obama is expected to move quickly to name his pick to succeed retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens.
He has discussed possible nominees with Obama but declined to reveal whom he'd like to see appointed to the nation's highest court, Leahy, the Judiciary Committee chairman, said.
He further said that potential candidates such as U. S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, 7th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood, District of Columbia U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano are all "well qualified."
Leahy said of Obama, "It's going to ultimately be his choice." (With Inputs from Agencies)