WASHINGTON (AP) - With President Barack Obama's first Supreme
Court nomination expected to be announced as soon as Tuesday, there
are indications that the nominee may not have clear sailing in the Senate.
The Senate's second-ranking Republican is refusing to rule out a filibuster if Obama chooses someone who decides cases based on
"emotions" or "preconceived ideas."
The warning comes from Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, who tells Fox News Sunday he'll use the procedure if Obama follows through on his pledge to nominate someone who employs empathy from the bench.
Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson also left open the filibuster option -- saying he wants to avoid confirming an "activist" justice. He says he hopes there won't be anything so "extreme" with a nominee that a filibuster would be seen as necessary.
Several women are known to be among those being considered by
Obama. Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California says the court
needs "that point of view." And she tells CNN there are "so many
great qualified women out there."
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