"BLITZER: The New York Times, among other publications, says one of the front-runners that the president can name, maybe even as early as tomorrow, is Samuel Alito of New Jersey. He's a third circuit court federal judge right now. You've looked into his background. If the president were to nominate him, would that be acceptable to you?
"REID: Well, I'm not going to rule out anyone. I'vethat is not one of the names that I've suggested to the president. In fact, I've done the opposite. I think it would create a lot of problems.
"But keep in mind, Roberts, Justice Roberts, who's now our chief justice, we had a very dignified hearing. I think that Senator Leahy and Senator Specter did outstanding job.
"And that's what we want to do: we want to cooperate; we want to make this, I repeat, a dignified hearing."
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