Sen. Allard Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Roberts

Denver (AP) Colorado Senator Wayne Allard was sold on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts before he talked to him. Now that he's talked to him, he's even more sure of voting for him. The Republican lawmaker met Thursday afternoon with Roberts, whom President Bush has nominated as Chief Justice.

The Senate is expected to start his confirmation hearing on Monday. Allard has asked Bush to consider nominating someone with a background in issues unique to the west, including water law and natural resources. He says that's become more of an issue with the imminent retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is from Arizona.

Allard says Roberts assured him that he's aware of western
issues. Roberts also has a clerk from New Mexico, but Allard says he's most impressed with Roberts' overall qualifications. Democratic Senator Ken Salazar is set to meet with Roberts Friday.

Bush originally nominated Roberts, a federal appeals court
judge, to replace O'Connor. He withdrew that nomination after Chief Justice William Rehnquist died last week. He still must name a replacement for O'Connor.

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