GOP Senators Push for `Mainstream' Court Nominee

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Several days after Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his decision to retire, Republican leaders are already making it clear they'll put up a fight if President Obama nominates a left-leaning judicial activist.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said if the president wishes to avoid a filibuster, he should choose someone with "mainstream" judicial views as Steven's successor.

"If it's somebody like that, clearly outside of the mainstream, then I think every power should be utilized to protect the Constitution," Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told NBC's Meet the Press.

"I'm not going to take it off the table," said Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., the Senate's second-ranking Republican and a committee member. "But I think it can easily be avoided."

Stevens stated earlier he wanted to step down while there's a liberal president to name his replacement.

"It would be in the best interests of the Court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of the Court's next term," Stevens told the president in a brief letter.

This will be the president's second Supreme Court appointment. What will be the lasting impact on the shape of the court? Jordan Sekulow, with the American Center for Law and Justice, appeared on the CBN Newschannel's Morning program to answer that question. Click play for his comments.

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