May 1st, 2009
04:12 PM ET
3 years ago

McConnell: Nominee must put politics aside

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called on President Obama Friday to choose a Supreme Court nominee who is "able to fulfill the judicial oath of applying the law without prejudice, and not decide cases based on their feelings or personal politics."

Full statement:

“I thank Justice Souter for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors once he leaves the Supreme Court.“I trust the President will choose a nominee for the upcoming vacancy based on their experience and even-handed reading of the law, and not their partisan leanings or ability to pass litmus tests. A Supreme Court nominee needs to be able to fulfill the judicial oath of applying the law without prejudice, and not decide cases based on their feelings or personal politics.

“Once there is a nominee, I will work to ensure that their record is thoroughly reviewed and that there is a full and fair debate.”


Filed under: David Souter
soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. JS007

    I didn't hear the GOP being so concerned about the law when they pushed Roberts and Alito.

    May 1, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. KS Dem

    Of course a Repub would say he doesn't think the next justice should be appointed by a litmus test. However, I bet if we had a Republican president, he would have no problem if the next justice leaned to the right....once again, the Got O Plan (GOP) shows themselves as a bunch of fools

    May 1, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    I can't believe a GOP member has the nerve to talk about partisanship.

    May 1, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Ia Guy

    well that statement throws out the religious right... thank God! (No pun intended)

    May 1, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Bob Archer

    That's funny when the republicans have already threatened to boycott and filibuster anyone he nominates. They really have just become the party of "no"

    May 1, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Adriana

    Who really cares what Mitch McConell has to say,its the president who selects the judge.

    May 1, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Aaron

    That's rich, coming from McConnell.

    May 1, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Jeff in Virginia

    Where was McConnell when Alito was up for confirmation?

    May 1, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Texan

    Odd... when the shoe is on the other foot, there are pleas of not choosing a nominee who will not "... decide cases based on their feelings or personal politics." Where was Mitch when Alito was nominated to the Court? And then there is Scalia (and his "mini-me"... Thomas) – the very personification of McConnel's criteria for one who should NOT be on the court. They are very intelligent and eloquent but very swayed by their politics. Scalia is the epitome of an activist judge.

    May 1, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Myassis Dragon

    To satisfy the Republicans a member of the Taliban would have to be nominated since they best express the conservative agenda.

    May 1, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Tomas E

    In other words, McConnell wants someone that will approve of torture, allow the stealing of elections, throw gays in prison, allow the big oil companies to screw the people and bow to the GOP. I know, he didn't say those words directly but if you read between the lines you will be more informed.

    May 1, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Alex

    Put politics aside?? OK Mitchy, you first!

    May 1, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Andi

    oh, that's a good one, Mitchy. Please tell us what the new Justice 'must' do. That's right up there with 'demanding' an apology. It doesn't matter who he picks – Obama could bring you Jesus Christ, himself as a nominee and you'd still vote 'no'. How dare you tell anyone to put politics aside. Remember, the American voters put the GOP aside, and you still can't seem to accept that, so I personally don't care what you think.

    I do hope it's a Black Woman, tho. That'll REALLY freak them out!

    May 1, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. tee

    Oh really, Isn't that what the repugs do all the time

    May 1, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    Oh yeah Mitch ... what you really mean is "We will obstruct confirmation of any nominee that doesn't pass the GOP litmus test." No kidding – Republicans have ALREADY come out against three women who are only the subject of media speculation!! I'm sure our Republican Senators will live up (or down...) to our lowest expectations....

    May 1, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. katiec

    What a bunch of baloney. The republicans have tried to obstruct EVERYTHING our President has tried to do and will continue on with their irresponsible actions.
    How did Mitchell keep a straight face while making, once again,
    his hypocritical statements?

    May 1, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Gene

    That's McConnell's way of saying please nominate a conservative judge :).

    May 1, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Jennie

    Who is McConnell to think he can dictate what Pres. Obama should or shouldn't do?

    McConnell – your side LOST and lost big – I don't think Pres. Obama needs your input. You won't be making the decision.

    Funny – a republican that all of a sudden had an epiphany on the rule of law. Thanks for the laugh mcconnell.

    May 1, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Nicole

    WOW! "politics aside"??? Did I read that right Senator? Where is your impartial dedication to the most pressing issues when the country needs it most?

    May 1, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. katiec

    Sorry, meant Mcconnell. When they all talk with forked tongues is hard to keep them straight.

    May 1, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Republicanssuckbigtime

    If we go by McConnell's litmus test, we'd have to get rid of the right wingers on the court. I mean, really, the 2000 election decision was a joke and should have never been heard by the Supreme Court. It was ridiculous and partisan and of course, disastrous, for this country. Scalia and Thomas must go!!!!

    May 1, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. dave

    What was Roberts and Alito? Give me a break the GOP has been stocking the court since President Regan 20 + years and all of those were political. I think I would trust Obama judgement on this I mean he has some back ground in the field of Jurisprudence something the other Presidents except for Bill Clinton didn't have.

    May 1, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Sue M

    Why does the Republicans feel they need to tell President Obama who he should pick and who he shouldn't...........I think Bush picked the ones he wanted and Obama should do the same.......

    May 1, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Brandon

    "In other words, Mr. President, just nominate somebody who's conservative to the point of lunacy, like me."

    That's the subtext of his request.

    May 1, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Henry

    McConnel,

    Saying things does not make it so. It does not mean anyone will believe anything you say.

    You, sir, need to pack it up and go back home. You have served well. Step aside for someone new and who does not spew the same nonsense. Your time as come and gone.

    May 1, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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