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Laura Bush speaks out for nominee Miers

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COVINGTON, La., Oct 11, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- U.S. first lady Laura Bush Tuesday backed her husband's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, saying critics weren't looking at her accomplishments.

Bush made the remarks appearing on NBC's "Today" show from Covington, La., where she and the president participated in a home-building project with Habitat for Humanity volunteers.

Laura Bush said she knew Miers well, and described her as "role model for young women around the country," The Washington Post reported.

President Bush nominated Miers on Oct. 3 to replace retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Miers is currently White House counsel and has no experience as a judge.

Asked if sexism might be playing a role in the Miers controversy, Laura Bush said: "It's possible. I think that's possible. I think people are not looking at her accomplishments."

The president spoke up in agreement.

"She is a brilliant person," he said. "Just because she hasn't served on the bench doesn't mean she can't be a great Supreme Court justice."


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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