The White House has not commented on the president's possible Supreme Court nominees, but news reports identify several Mr. Bush is said to be considering.
They include Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who would be the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. But many conservatives oppose a Gonzales nomination, seeing him as too moderate on issues such as abortion and affirmative action.
Also said to be in the running are several conservative judges from the U.S. appeals courts system. Among those often mentioned are Judges Samuel Alito, Emilio Garza, J. Michael Luttig, Michael McConnell, and J. Harve Wilkinson.
President Bush has a team of advisers working to analyze and select the candidate, who must be approved by the U.S. Senate before joining the court.
Some information for this report provided by AP.