Bush Nominates Alito To High Court

"Judge Alito is one of the most accomplished and respected judges in America," Bush said from the White House, with Alito by his side. "And his long career in public service has given him an extraordinary breadth of experience."

Alito, a former U.S. attorney who has been a judge for 15 years, is considered a favorite of the conservative movement and is Bush's third pick for O'Connor's seat. His first, Judge John Roberts, was later nominated and confirmed to replace the late William Rehnquist as chief justice of the United States.

The second nominee, Texas lawyer and White House counsel Harriet Miers, withdrew from the process last week after weeks of opposition from both liberals and conservatives, who questioned her qualifications and record.