Which GOP candidates would pardon Libby?
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Following the news that a judge has order I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to report to prison to serve his sentence while his attorneys appeal his case, the talk of Washington is likely to turn to whether President Bush will consider issuing the former White House aide a pardon.
At CNN's GOP presidential debate last week, the ten candidates were asked whether they would issue Libby a pardon if they were in the president's shoes. Four of the candidates said they likely would not, three said they likely would, and three said they would keep the option open.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, California Rep. Duncan Hunter, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all responded “no,” or “no, not without looking at the transcript.”
Meanwhile, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo said flatly they would issue Libby a pardon. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani leaned heavily toward pardoning Libby, adding, “I think the sentence was way out of line."
Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson all indicated they would keep the option open but would not say "yes" or "no" before the appeals process was carried out.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney