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Kaine on Supreme News

Rosalind Helderman

Gov. Tim Kaine promised this morning that the DNC will work to help get President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court confirmed, whoever that person may be. Confirmation of a nominee to the high court is always one of the highest tests of the political skills of a White House and as head of the Democratic party, Kaine will certainly play a role.

"He's a former constitutional law professor," Kaine said of Obama, reacting to this morning's news that Justice David H. Souter is planning retirement. "He is somebody who has a unqiue capacity to try pick the right person for this job. And it is certainly the case that when he does, we'll be out there, trying being supportive."

Kaine, himself a Harvard Law grad, said he suspects Obama and his team likely already have a list drawn up from which they will choose.

"My sense from conversations with him going back some time is that he has a pretty good sense of what he wants to do," Kaine said. "I don't know if he's fixed with a particular person. But, on the theory that he would likely have at least one pick during his time, this is an issue that I know he and his team have already thought about."

Kaine said he thought Obama faces an "embarrassment of riches" of possible choices.

"His challenge isn't going to be finding somebody good, it's going to be picking the right person from a great list," he said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 1, 2009; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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How great to have a problem of riches :) There will be other opportunities to fill vacant seats on the Bench, as more than one great Justice has been waiting many years to retire, and surely will before the first four years are up.

Posted by: alankrishnan | May 3, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

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