Senior Republican says Obama seeking moderate Supreme Court justice

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Posted: Feb 25, 2016 11:22 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Republican on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Thursday that President Barack Obama was looking for someone who was "very moderate" to be his nominee to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

"He said he was going to try to find a justice who would be very moderate," Senator Orrin Hatch told Fox News Channel.

But Hatch said even if Obama were to put forward a Republican for the empty seat, the Senate should not consider it during "the throes of a very intense, and some people think horrific, presidential campaign."

Separately, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters she thought it would be a good idea for Obama to consider nominating a Republican.

(Reporting by Timothy Ahmann and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Susan Heavey)