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Bush Touts Experience of Supreme Court Nominee

President Bush is promoting his new nominee for Supreme Court justice, citing what he says is a wealth of judicial experience.

Mr. Bush said on U.S. radio Saturday that Samuel Alito, currently a federal appeals court judge, has more prior judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in more than 70 years. He also said Judge Alito has the qualities the American people expect - mastery of the law, a deep commitment to justice, and great personal character.

On Friday, the president told reporters he is disappointed that Senate confirmation hearings will not take place until January 9 for the man he hopes will succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Mr. Bush nominated Judge Alito October 31, four days after his first nominee Harriet Miers withdrew amid criticism that she lacked judicial experience.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.