Nevada Gov. Sandoval rules self out for Supreme Court consideration

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval speaks during the Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday ruled himself out for a nomination to the Supreme Court, one day after news broke that President Barack Obama was considering the Republican to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“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,” Sandoval said in a statement. “I have also spoken to Senators (Harry) Reid, (Dean) Heller and (Mitch) McConnell and expressed the same desire to them. The notion of being considered for a seat on the highest court in the land is beyond humbling and I am incredibly grateful to have been mentioned.”

On Wednesday, Reid, the Senate minority leader, suggested Sandoval as a potential nominee. A source confirmed to CNN that the White House was vetting Sandoval.

A spokeswoman for Sandoval said in a statement Wednesday that the governor had not been “contacted by or talked to the Obama Administration regarding any potential vetting for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

By Karl de Vries, CNN