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Nominee for Attorney General
11/11/2004 10:50 AM

President Bush has announced his nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales as U.S. Attorney-General. President Bush first appointed Gonzales as general counsel while Governor of Texas. Gonzales later became the secretary of state for Texas and eventually a Texas supreme court justice. As President, Bush then appointed Gonzales as White House counsel.


There are mixed views of Gonzales as the next Attorney-General. Some in Washington believe Gonzalez to be a likely candidate for a Supreme Court Justice. The Democrats are concerned because Gonzales is more conservative than other prospective candidates. Yet, some conservatives are nervous because they view Gonzales as being too moderate. Many questions pertaining to abortion, the death penalty, the Patriot Act, terrorism, civil liberties, and other important issues will be asked during the confirmation hearings from both sides.

>Compiled from: David E. Sanger and Eric Lichtblau, Bush Nominates His Top Counsel for Justice Post, The New York Times, 11 November 2004. David Johnston and Richard W. Stevenson, Nominee for Attorney General Rides an Ideological Divide, The New York Times, 11 November 2004.