Democrats react to nomination

WASHINGTON (AP)_Democrats are reacting to President Bush's nomination of Samuel Alito as the next Supreme Court justice.

Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts says the nomination is "based on weakness, not on strength." Kennedy says Bush did not select a nominee for the good of the nation, but rather to shore up conservative support.

Senator Charles Schumer of New York says it's "sad" that Bush chose a nominee the Democrat says is more likely to divide the country than to unify it.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada says Alito's nomination requires what he calls "an especially long, hard look by the Senate." Reid says senators need to find out if the man replacing ex-nominee Harriet Miers is "too radical" for the country.

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