WASHINGTON — Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s name is not on the White House’s Supreme Court short-list, according to a report out today by ABC News.
ABC’s Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper reports eight names on that list, six of them women and four from off the judicial bench. The three most mentioned, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, D.C. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland and 7th Circuit Judge Diane Wood are all on the list, as are Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Tapper notes that there are “other names the president might consider that aren’t on this list,” but says that’s the list as it exists today.
Update: NBC News also came out with the exact same eight names for the short list, adding that Kagan, Garland, Wood, Granholm and Napolitano are the “serious contenders.”
Klobuchar gave another pretty firm denial to NPR’s Morning Edition this morning, again trying to squash rumors that she might be headed to the high court (full transcript is here, via MPR):
Q: Has anyone in President Barack Obama’s administration talked to you about being a potential Supreme Court nominee?
A: Mostly some people there say, “Oh, I’ve seen your name on the list,” but they mean the list in the media. I’ve said repeatedly, and the reason they wouldn’t talk to me about it is because I’ve said repeatedly that I love my job; this is where I want to stay. Minnesota has one of the most junior delegations in the Senate and we need some stability. There’s also a lot of economic challenges going on and to abandon the state of Minnesota at this time is not the right thing to do.