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Groups look for tea party support on nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservative groups preparing to fight President Barack Obama over his next Supreme Court nomination are negotiating to bring in tea party activists, hoping their enthusiasm will help defeat any nominee they feel is too liberal.

The White House says it is considering about 10 people to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Groups like the Committee for Justice and Judicial Watch say they want to show tea party leaders why court nominations are as important as calls for limited government and less spending.

Meanwhile, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says a fight is inevitable over whoever becomes President Barack Obama's choice. She chatted Monday with an audience at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

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