Obama Wraps Up Calls to Judiciary Members on Court Pick

Posted April 23, 2010 at 8:20am

President Barack Obama on Thursday called eight more Senate Judiciary members to discuss the Supreme Court nomination process, and has now spoken to every member of the committee about his plans for replacing retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Obama called five Democrats and three Republicans in his latest round of phone calls to win support for his eventual nominee, the White House announced. Democrats who received calls were Sens. Benjamin Cardin (Md.), Russ Feingold (Wis.), Al Franken (Minn.), Ted Kaufman (Del.) and Herb Kohl (Wis.). The president also reached out to Republican Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa).

Obama called the other nine committee members on Wednesday. He is expected to announce his nominee in the next few weeks.