President Bush says he's reviewing "a diverse group of citizens" to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court.
Bush says he will interview prospects himself, after he sorts through candidates over the next few weeks.
Special interest groups are already running ads and mobilizing supporters for the anticipated fight over the nominee and the President is asking them to "tone down the rhetoric."
He's also defending attorney general Alberto Gonzales.
He's the target of conservative critics seeking a hard-liner for the court.
Some congressional republicans question whether Gonzales is conservative enough on issues like affirmative action and abortion.