Bush chooses John Roberts Jr. for Supreme Court
Associated Press | July 20, 2005
President George W. Bush named federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts for a seat on the Supreme Court, delighting Republicans while unsettling some Democrats with the selection of a young jurist with impeccable conservative credentials.
"John Roberts has devoted his entire professional life to the cause of justice," Bush said in a televised announcement at the White House. He "is widely admired for his intellect his sound judgment and his personal decency," Bush said.
If confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, the 50-year-old Roberts would succeed on the nine-member court retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has long been a swing vote on a court divided narrowly on issues such as abortion, states' rights and the death penalty.
Roberts stood at Bush's side as the president heaped praise on him.
The president called him "one of the finest legal minds in the country" and said he had recently spoken with Senate leaders of both parties who told him they "share my goal" of confirmation proceedings conducted with dignity and fairness.