From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell and Ken Strickland
President Obama today called Sens. Orrin Hatch (R) and Arlen Specter (D) about the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.
Per the White House, Obama "vowed to consult regularly with senators in both parties to ensure an orderly confirmation process that will allow Justice Souter's replacement to be confirmed by the beginning of the Court's next session."
Said Hatch's office in statement:
...Hatch (R-Utah) urged President Obama against choosing a judicial activist for the Supreme Court vacancy. He advised the president to choose a nominee who is more in step with mainstream America and would uphold the rule of law. The president assured Hatch that this was his intention, that he would appoint a pragmatist, not a radical, to this important position."
"The president called me around noon today to begin the consultation process on a new Supreme Court nominee. He asked for recommendations and I told him I would think it over and get back to him."