COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ­- President Bush thanked Iraq ally Denmark on Tuesday in Copenhagen and mulled his decision on a Supreme Court nomination he’ll soon make at home.

On his way to an international economic summit in Scotland, Bush reviewed resumes and other material on potential court nominees to replace retiring Sandra Day O’Connor.

Press Secretary Scott McClellan said the president would take several weeks to find a successor, but he dismissed the idea that Bush might hold up his decision in order to give liberal groups less time to criticize it before Senate confirmation hearings can be held.

“He’s moving forward now,” McClellan said. “He’s committed to moving forward in a timely manner.”

The president has said he wants to have a new justice named and confirmed before the court begins its new term in October.

McClellan would not speculate about whose names might be on the list that Bush looked over on the 7½-hour flight from Washington.

More than a half-dozen people are under consideration for Bush’s first Supreme Court nomination, McClellan told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Bush arrived in Denmark in a light drizzle Tuesday evening and was spending the night in a royal palace on the outskirts of town. He was greeted by Queen Margrethe and music from a fife and drum corps.

He will join leaders of seven other major industrial nations in the Scottish resort of Gleneagles today for three days of talks. This year’s Group of Eight summit is focused on aid to Africa but divided over a strategy to combat global warming.

First, Bush meets with Denmark’s prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The president and his wife, Laura, were also to attend a luncheon hosted by the queen and her French-born husband, Prince Henrik.

Bush brought personal thanks to this Scandinavian country for its support on Iraq. Denmark has about 500 troops in southern Iraq.

It was Bush’s fourth trip to Europe this year.


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