May 1st, 2009
04:12 PM ET
6 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. Rand Paul for Senate 2012

    Sorry Scott,I`m quite happy with how Mitch McConnell has represented Kehtucky,and so are fellow Kentuckians,that`s why we sent him back to Washington next year.

    May 1, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Eric in Chicago

    Good thing we have a President in office who actually knows what the Constitution is... huh? Nothing like having an educated person make a decision once in a while...

    Steele, McConnell and the entire GOP cannot agree on a current face of their own party, have not yet truly attempted a bipartisan spirit since Obama took office, yet want the benefit of the doubt on the Souter's replacement. According tot he current polls, the GOP only represents about 21 to 25% of America. That does not mean an even split is a reasonable result in the Supreme Court.

    While I am a Democrat, I fully understand that a check and balance system is needed to keep the govenment running right and balance our desired liberties with the price they cost. HOWEVER, the GOP needs to decide who they are before they start making demands about being represented, don't they?

    The GOP has been imploding, new leadership and messages every day, but no real headlines other than 'we say no' and the incredible in-fighting between those eleted to run the party and those who think that they are in control. How can McConnell say there will be a full and fair debate, when he arguably does not represent his party? And someone please give Steele a valium, as the only person who seems to be truly following him now is Alan Keyes.

    May 1, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Jefe

    Sen McConnell, we hope so too. We're sick and tired of seeing corrupt, politically neoconservative Justices in the Supreme Court, and are hoping to see more and more True Americans on the court.

    May 1, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Truth Oriented

    Why do Republicans always have to describe how they think everything should be?? They treat others as if they have no brains and would not have the foggiest notion of how to pick anything even a justice.

    May 1, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Rick

    Erik in Real Pennsylvania May 1st, 2009 4:16 pm ET

    I can't believe a GOP member has the nerve to talk about partisanship.
    The hypocrisy in that statement is pure comedy gold.

    Care to try putting the other foot in your mouth while you're at it?

    May 1, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. The Broker.

    Or just because you are Black?

    May 1, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Bud in NC

    McConnel is doing everything in his power to bring Obama down. That means the country. That means us folks. Dealing with him is worse than reaching into a sack filled with rattle snakes. You know the outcome. He and Cheney are two hate filled beings.

    May 1, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Old white lady in Birmingham, AL

    Oh how the tune has changed. They weren't so concerned about putting politics aside when they were nominating justices. Luckily with only 40 senators they are irrelevant and the country can now move forward rather than backwards again.

    May 1, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. JML

    SOMEONE please example to GOP'ers, WHY do they feel the need to constant attempt to tell President Obama what he ought to do? Please you do what you "ought to do" and let him (President Obama) do the same. Or better yet, stop giving advance to people who are NOT interested in what you have to say. Get a life!

    May 1, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Thebe

    Republicans say the darndest things!

    May 1, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. maddogjl

    oh yes, Mitch, we must certainly avoid any justices that might represent left-of-center ( and thus most of the country). I'm sure you hated it when the current right-wing Supreme Court *appointed* your genius Bush as president in 2000, thereby almost destroying the United States of America and completely trashing Democracy as we know it.

    May 1, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    HILARIOUS..... after both Bushes stacked the bench with rabid right wingers.... Now he calls for putting politics aside.... It is to LAUGH.

    May 1, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Dave

    Note to Mr. McConnell:

    It's a pity that you didn't have this attitude when Alito and Roberts were being confirmed. We don't care what you think. We don't care what you want. Get used to it.

    May 1, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. the rector

    Of course the nominee will be pro wall st, pro federalist, and anti gun, thats a given. The problem is the lap dog mentality congress has. They are inking up the rubber stamp as we speak, I'm sure the guy already has the new carpet and drapes ordered for the office. Lets just hope that enough citizens have the ability to pay their phone bill so they can call their representatives and tell them not to confirm too much of a tool. With the economy in the crapper and unemployment on the rise this is no time to be interfering with the second amendment, which is the goal of Hillary and Holder, and their overseer Big O. Remember it's easier to keep freedom than to win it back.

    May 1, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Jim

    Senator McConnell,

    I appreciate you have to play to your party. But you should stick to your own words. It's high time the Senate put aside their political differences and did something for the Country. All this political grandstanding is ridiculous, by both sides.

    A note to all Congress members. Learn to work together, or learn to look for work. I for one will not support any member of Congress, Democrat or Republican, who continues to vote according to their personal interests and not the interest of the Country. Mr. Reid, this goes for you as well. And Ms Pelosi. And anyone else who continues to think that the corporate monsters that have been created should run this Country. I may be small potatoes, but I intend to get the word out...

    May 1, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. GOP = 21st century dodo

    $20 says no matter who Obama picks the GOP will label them "the most far-left justice ever nominated to the Supreme Court."

    May 1, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Buffalo

    In the last 30 years, seven of the nine Supreme Court Justices were seated under Republican Presidents. Only Justices Breyer and Bader-Ginsberg were appointed by a Democratic President.

    It has been well known and often stated by Republican party heads and neoconservative radio talk show hosts (especially El Rushbo) that neoconservatives treasure these seats so judgments can be passed with a conservative slant. It wasn't until the right wing (conservatives) moved so far to the right (became neoconservatives) that Souter was left of their way of thinking.

    For Mitch McConnell to say, "I trust the President will choose a nominee for the upcoming vacancy based on experience and even-handed reading of the law, and not partisan leanings..." is like an enemy combatant begging for mercy after killing most of your platoon. Good luck with that, Mitch, you phony.

    May 1, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Jason

    Reaaaaalllly Mitch? I wonder if you gave GWB the same advice when he selected Harriet (I look craz) Myers.

    May 1, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Abby

    you should have thought of that when the bushes appointed Alito, Scalia and Thomas. You must think we're

    May 1, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. JML

    GOP=party of DO NOTHINGS, but they can always offer advice from their TRIFLIN chairs. SAD group of "DO NOTHINGS".

    May 1, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Robin Henderson Nevada

    now the Republicans want to talk about putting politics aside, after they made a royal mess out of everything they touched in the past 8 years. Its really annoying to see the Republicans make such statements when they turned America into a divided nation, that despises each other political views.

    I really don't know how anyone can say they are a Republican wit a straight face. Any and everything the Republicans say appears be so repulsive and hateful filled.

    May 1, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. rand

    We have been on pins and needles hoping that Bush couldn't appoint one more chief justices. Roberts and Alito are way conservative and the GOP was thrilled with their nominations.

    Sorry guys, it's finally our turn. Another woman would be a wise choice too.

    May 1, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. truthsayer

    Hey they got John King to put their hypocritical stance out there

    May 1, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. catmom

    President Obama knows what he needs to do in picking a Supreme Court Justice. Republicans need to sit down, shut up and offer no opinions as to what President Obama needs to do. Of course now, they are remembering what they did when they controlled Congress and when President Clinton was in office so I guess they know quite well how to obstruct.

    May 1, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. jimmy-ohio

    the president picks and the senate confirms or denies,somebody needs to remind mcconel about all the noise he and other republicans made about having"an up or down vote" on judges

    May 1, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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