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Supreme Court Justice Cornyn?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- If there's a Supreme Court vacancy this summer, President Bush may look no farther than the Capitol for a member of Congress who can be confirmed quickly.

Past presidents have done it, more than two dozen times.

While admittedly long shots, GOP Senators Jon Kyl of Arizona and John Cornyn of Texas are being talked up by some conservatives as possible nominees for the high court.

Seen as most likely to step down is Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who at 80 is fighting cancer. Retirement also might be attractive option for Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, 75, and John Paul Stevens, 85.

Kyl is a stalwart pro-business conservative and a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Cornyn is a former Texas Supreme Court justice and state attorney general. Both men have been at the forefront in fighting Democratic filibusters against Bush's federal appeals court nominees.

Like all potential Supreme Court nominees -- most lists of would-be candidates have at least ten judges, lawyers or lawmakers -- the senators played down their chances.

Cornyn says, "It's flattering, but I like my current job and I'm not looking for another one."


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