Obama wants court pick confirmed by October session

Obama said he spoke with Stevens Friday and that both agreed it is important to have a nominee confirmed and seated before the fall term begins in October.

“So I will move quickly to name a nominee as I did with Justice [Sonia] Sotomayor,” Obama said from the White House Rose Garden.

Obama said he talked to Stevens after he returned to the White House and “on behalf of a grateful nation, thanked him for his service.”

Obama said that even though Stevens will soon turn 90, he is “leaving his position at the top of his game.”

"While we cannot replace Justice Stevens’ experience or wisdom, I will seek someone in the coming weeks with similar qualities — an independent mind, a record of excellence and integrity, a fierce dedication to the rule of law, and a keen understanding of how the law affects the daily lives of the American people," Obama said.

"It will also be someone who, like Justice Stevens, knows that in a democracy, powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens."