President Obama is reaching out to senators of both parties as he prepares to nominate his first Supreme Court justice.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said he has called several lawmakers, including on Tuesday.
"But as somebody who has spent time studying the Constitution as a student, teaching the Constitution as a teacher, and obviously the Constitution is the framework under which the president examines laws in his current job as president, it's something that he's quite familiar with, and the decision-making process on selecting a next nominee, he's very active in it," Gibbs added.
Meanwhile, federal appeals court judge Diane Wood and Solicitor General Elena Kagan, two of the candidates believed to be on Obama's consider list to replace the retiring David Souter, took part in a conference today on the importance of judicial independence, the Associated Press reports.
Kagan, the former dean of Harvard law school, gave the keynote address in which she talked about the importance of independence for the solicitor general, who serves as the administration's top lawyer before the high court. While her job is often referred to as the "10th justice," Kagan jokingly referred to as "the 35th clerk."
Wood would not answer any questions about the court, the AP says.
UPDATE: But the New York Times is reporting this evening that Obama interviewed her, the first in a series of expected sit-downs before he announces his pick.
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