Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's heard Hillary Clinton's name mentioned in connection with the Supreme Court vacancy brought about by the retirement of John Paul Stevens. Appearing with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on NBC's Today show, the Utah Republican said only, "I heard Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's name today and that would be an interesting person in the mix."
Hatch didn't explain the context, and wouldn't say whether he'd support Clinton. But he did say "I like Hillary Rodham Clinton" and said he thinks she's done a good job for Democrats. Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, retorted: "I think she's done a good job for the country, not just for Democrats." (Read more US Supreme Court stories.)