Bush Being Deliberate In Picking Nominee President meets with Senate leaders about high court choices Tuesday, July 12, 2005; Posted: 10:19 a.m. EDT (14:19 GMT) http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/07/12/scotus.bush.ap/index.html WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush listened to suggestions from Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday about candidates for filling a Supreme Court vacancy, but did not tip his hand about his favorites. Asked later how close he was to making a decision, Bush told reporters, "Closer today than I was yesterday." "I'm going to be deliberate in the process," Bush told reporters later. "He didn't give us any names," Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told reporters after the breakfast meeting. Besides Reid, Bush met with Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat on the committee; and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee. While the president has held telephone conversations with the four before, his meeting with them was their first meeting in person on the issue since Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement. All four lawmakers said the meeting was a positive step in bipartisan consultation with the White House on whom Bush will nominate to replace O'Connor. ~ Later on, after Bush announces nominee, you can be sure that Dems will accuse the Administration of a general lack of coordination... I wanted this bookmarked to prove GWB's sincere reaching-across-the-aisle cooperation in the early planning stages of this nomination. Bush's spirit of compassionate conservatism often gets overlooked in the Dems rush to judgment.