Obama phones Franken to talk about Supreme Court vacancy

WASHINGTON — President Obama called Al Franken this afternoon to discuss the coming Supreme Court nomination as part of his ongoing outreach to the Senate and its Judiciary Committee, of which Franken is a member.

“They spent a few minutes talking about the upcoming Supreme Court nomination,” said Franken spokeswoman Jess McIntosh of the conversation. “No names were discussed, but Franken expressed his desire to see a nominee who would stand up for the interests of working Americans on the Court.”

Obama’s formal outreach began Wednesday, with calls to Senate leaders and nine members of the Judiciary Committee, including Amy Klobuchar.

Franken has spoken several times of his admiration for retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, and desire to see someone like Stevens appointed as his replacement. In fact, when I asked him which justice the eventual nominee should most resemble, Franken replied simply, “Justice Stevens… but younger.”

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