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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's pick for the Supreme Court made a round of courtesy calls to top lawmakers Wednesday afternoon as the debate over his nomination kicked off in earnest.

John Roberts, a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, met with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and other leading Republicans to discuss his confirmation hearings. He met with their Democratic counterparts later in the day.

"I appreciate and respect the constitutional role of the Senate in the appointment process, and I'm very grateful to the senators for accommodating me and having me over," Roberts said.

Bush announced Tuesday night that he was nominating Roberts for the Supreme Court seat now held by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. (Full story )

His nomination must be approved by the Senate, and the Senate Judiciary Committee will likely begin confirmation hearings after Labor Day.

Roberts has served on the D.C. circuit since 2003 and has written 60 opinions.

Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said each of those decisions would be studied thoroughly during "full, fair, and complete" hearings. (Conservative credentials)

"I like everything that I have seen about Judge Roberts, but I think it is very important to have the hearings and listen to him before judgment is made," said Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican.

Roberts began his day at the White House, having coffee with Bush.

Bush said he is confident Roberts will get "a timely hearing, a fair hearing" that will put him on the court by the start of its new term in October.

"I'm confident that the senators will come to realize what I've come to realize -- we're lucky to have a man of such wisdom and intellectual strength to serve our country," Bush said.

Liberal and conservative partisans began cranking up their fax machines even before Bush made the formal announcement.

A prominent abortion rights group -- NARAL Pro-Choice America -- said it opposes Roberts' nomination because of the anti-abortion positions he argued as deputy solicitor general in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

"We are extremely disappointed that President Bush has chosen such a divisive nominee," said Nancy Keenan, the group's president.
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President Bush's pick for the Supreme Court (John Roberts) made a round of courtesy calls (made a series of visits, according to traditional protocol) to top lawmakers (to important members of Congress) Wednesday afternoon as the debate over his nomination kicked off (began) in earnest (seriously).

A prominent abortion rights group (a leading group in favor abortions being prermitted by law) -- NARAL Pro-Choice America (name of the group - I'm not sure what the acronym stands for)-- said it opposes Roberts' nomination because of the anti-abortion positions he argued as deputy solicitor general in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. (the group does not want John Roberts to be on the Supreme Court because in his earlier job he was known to oppose laws permitting abortion.)
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"President Bush's pick for the Supreme Court made a round of courtesy calls to top lawmakers Wednesday afternoon as the debate over his nomination kicked off in earnest."

"President Bush's pick for the Supreme Court, John Roberts, made a round of courtesy calls to top lawmakers Wednesday afternoon as the debate over his nomination kicked off in earnest."

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John Roberts who is President Bush's pick for the Supreme Court, made a round of courtesy calls to top lawmakers Wednesday afternoon as the debate over his nomination kicked off in earnest."


A prominent abortion rights group -- NARAL Pro-Choice America -- said it opposes Roberts' nomination because of the anti-abortion positions he argued as deputy solicitor general in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

NARAL Pro-Choice America( a prominent abortion rights group) said it opposes Roberts' nomination because of the anti-abortion positions taken when he argued as deputy solicitor general in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

or

NARAL Pro-Choice America( a prominent abortion rights group) said it opposes Roberts' nomination because of his anti-abortion positions when he argued as deputy solicitor general in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.
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