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Specter: AG pick was news to me

From NBC's Ken Strickland
If aides to President-elect Barack Obama reached out to Senate Republicans to garner support for Eric Holder as a possible Attorney General, they forgot to call Sen. Arlen Specter.

"There has been no outreach," said the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I saw a news release on it a few minutes ago."

Specter said he's familiar with Holder from his work in the Clinton Administration, but added it's "too soon for me to say" whether Holder would get Specter's support. "I'd have to take a much closer look at his record and talk to him and think about it," he said.

Part of that record includes Holder's role in the 2001 pardon of fugitive Marc Rich at the end of Clinton's presidency. The Pennsylvania senator said that the Rich case "would be a factor to consider," but added, "I wouldn't want to articulate it among the top items."