Nevada governor rules himself out of Supreme Court consideration

Obama's Rumored SCOTUS Nominee Says He Doesn't Want the Job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a moderate Republican, took himself out of consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday as Senate Republicans held firm to their vow not to act on any nominee by President Barack Obama for the job.

Asked if the White House was disappointed by Sandoval's decision, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a briefing, "He's obviously entitled to make decisions about his own career."

Sandoval's name surfaced as a possible nominee on Wednesday but Senate Republicans quickly said they still would not act on any Obama nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the Feb. 13 death of long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. An Obama appointee could pivot the court to the left for the first time in decades.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval speaks during the Genting Group's ceremonial groundbreaking for Resorts World Las Vegas on May 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The USD 4 billion property on the Las Vegas Strip is expected to open in 2018 on the site of the former Stardust Resort & Casino. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05: (L-R) Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval shakes hands with Chairman and CEO of the Genting Group K.T. Lim as Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak looks on during the Genting Group's ceremonial groundbreaking for Resorts World Las Vegas on May 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The USD 4 billion property on the Las Vegas Strip is expected to open in 2018 on the site of the former Stardust Resort & Casino. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
Brian Sandoval, governor of Nevada, center, speaks to attendees during the Faraday Future Inc. event at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. CES is expected to bring a range of announcements from major names in tech showcasing new developments in virtual reality, self-driving cars, drones, wearables, and the Internet of Things. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Brian Sandoval, governor of Nevada, center, shakes hands with Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., during a news conference at the Nevada State Capitol building in Carson City, Nevada, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Tesla will build the worlds largest lithium-ion battery plant in Nevada, bringing a $100 billion boost to the states economy over two decades, Sandoval said. Photographer: David Calvert/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Brian Sandoval, governor of Nevada, speaks during a news conference at the Nevada State Capitol building in Carson City, Nevada, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Tesla Motors Inc. will build the worlds largest lithium-ion battery plant in Nevada, bringing a $100 billion boost to the states economy over two decades, Sandoval said. Photographer: David Calvert/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 28: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 30: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval smiles during the National Clean Energy Summit 4.0 at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter August 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Political and economic leaders are attending the summit to discuss a domestic policy agenda to advance alternative energy for the country's future. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 15: CEO of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas John Unwin and Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval attend the opening of The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas on December 15, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01: Attorney General of Nevada Brian Sandoval speaks during night three of the Republican National Convention September 1, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Earlier on Thursday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expressed concern about the possibility of Sandoval being nominated, saying she wanted Obama to pick a "true progressive." In addition, some liberal activists expressed alarm over Obama picking a Republican.

Sandoval released a statement that did not offer a reason for his withdrawal from consideration.

"Earlier today, I notified the White House that I do not wish to be considered at this time for possible nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States," he said.

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District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

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Loretta Lynch, the current U.S. Attorney General. 

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Paul Watford, currently a U.S. circuit judge for the Ninth Circuit.

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Jacquline Nguyen, the first Vietnamese American woman named to the state court in California.

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Obama will convene a meeting on Tuesday with the Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. Senate and its Judiciary Committee to discuss a Supreme Court nominee, the White House said on Thursday.

The White House has contacted every member of the judiciary panel, both Republicans and Democrats, to discuss efforts to replace Scalia, Earnest said at the briefing.

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