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For Immediate Release
September 4, 2002

Press Briefing Excerpt by Ari Fleischer 09/04/02

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Q Ari, is the President disappointed that it looks like Pricilla Owen's nomination is going to go down tomorrow?

MR. FLEISCHER: If that were to be the case, the President would be deeply disappointed. Pricilla Owen is a superb jurist, widely respected in the state of Texas, has a great reputation. And the President would be very disappointed that the Senate would once again have chosen the course of partisanship over progress. And I think this would be a real setback at a time particularly when there are widespread judicial vacancies that is slowing down people's access to justice. That would be the worst signal to send they could possibly send about the desire to fill the judiciary up with capable people.

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