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Miers wraps up visits with senators

Miers wraps up visits with senators

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WASHINGTON, Oct 21, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers has wrapped up her courtesy calls with individual senators, meeting about a quarter of them.

However, Republicans and Democrats alike have expressed bewilderment and concern over her refusal to take a specific stand on critical social issues like abortion and privacy rights, the Washington Times said Friday.

"No one is walking out of these meetings thinking they've just met with a star," a Republican Judiciary staffer told the newspaper.

Meetings with Democrats have not gone much better.

After meeting with Sen. Charles Schumer of New York who sits on the Judiciary Committee, he told reporters he was underwhelmed by the nominee.

"Based on what I heard in the office, I couldn't tell you how I would vote on Harriet Miers because she offered very, very little in terms of her own experience in government and very, very little on her judicial philosophy," he said.

Miers will begin Senate confirmation hearings Nov. 7.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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