Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval Floated as Possible Supreme Court Nominee

Senate Republicans have vowed to block any nominee Obama presents.

Obama and Reid have spoken about the process of choosing a Supreme Court nominee, both the White House and Reid’s office have confirmed. Both men are expected to meet in person later this week.

The White House declined to comment on the process.

“I don't think it would be helpful for me to get into a rhythm of responding to each one as it appears, so we're going to let the process play out,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

Sandoval, a centrist governor, could be seen as an overture to Senate Republicans who have vowed to block the president's pick for Scalia's spot on the court.

On Tuesday, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they would not hold a hearing or vote on a Supreme Court nominee selected by Obama, saying the decision should be left to the next president.

“The Leader didn’t say the Senate would act ‘if’ it was a certain type of nominee. He said the Senate wasn’t going to act until the next president made the nomination,” McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said in an email.

Sandoval, who was elected governor in 2010, was Nevada's first Hispanic federal judge. He was as elected attorney general of Nevada in 2002 and also served two terms on the state legislature.

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