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. erik

    It is pathetic that he is even given a microphone to speak into..

    The right wing nuts got their Uber-conservative, catholic, corporate apologists from Bush...

    Now it is time to push back the other way..

    Screw the Republicans and their demands..

    May 1, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. dwayne

    GOP: Supreme Court Nominee must put politics aside. That is the most funny thing I heard, especially coming from the Grand Ole Party! This coming from a party that lived and breathe putting politics in front of all and anything else. This is now why the GOP is nothing but a complete joke.

    May 1, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Big J

    I see these crazed comments like "Man up" & ridiculous name calling. Why can't there be anything close to reasoned thought & emotional control on these comment threads? How about everyone leave their aluminum hats at the door before posting?

    May 1, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Howard

    Uh, Mitch, would that be anyone a lot like Scalia? Ugh!

    May 1, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Denise

    McConnell needs to shut up! Whoever Obama selects "Mr No" will say "NO!"

    May 1, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. sprkl12000

    As a Constitutional lawyer, I don't think Obama needs any advice...especially from McConnell...who ever he selects will be attacked by the conservatives so who cares?

    Obama gets to choose who he likes...just like Bush did....

    May 1, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Bill in Austin

    Hypocrisy or selective memory loss from the right again! Why should we expect anything else?

    May 1, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Now you want to give President Obama advice about a selection when you sat by and let John McCain pick one of the most unqualified, uneducated persons in history to be a VP and one heartbeat away from the presidency.

    May 1, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. JonDie

    Scalia and Thomas do NOTHING but decide based on their personal ignorance, hatred and bigotry. So no Sen. McConnell, president Obama won't appoint someone like Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas. Obama will appoint someone like David Souter, a true champion, someone who will consider our Constitution, our traditions and our history.

    May 1, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Pragmatic

    ... now, and only now the republicans want to put politics aside in picking a Supreme Court Judge? Remember Bush nomination of Harriet Meirs? ha ha ha – just spilled my coffee laughing too hard ...

    What about the southern republican senator who was planning on Ruth B. Ginsburg's death so "a conservative could be appointed" Just what do they put in the water down there?

    Get used to the idea that it will be a woman with great qualifications who is on the GOP "Purge & Purify" list ...

    May 1, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. dreamer

    Man this dude really need to go get some good weed and go and relax.The repug's had it thier way for 8 years not including gw senor and reagen and now look at the shap the country is in.It's abusutly deplorable what they have done to the middle and lower classes in the name of trickle down econmics(what a freaking joke).

    May 1, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Dawn, Ada, Ohio

    President Obama will nominate the right person for the job. The person who has every American in mind and not just the religious right and the rich. Personally I hope he picks the most liberal Judge of all time......I love to hear the GOP whine!!! Put that is why I elected Obama, he will do the right thing. I on the other hand would do what ever annoyed the GOP the most.

    May 1, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. D.Tin

    Is he kidding? Did he ask the same of Bush? who picked staunch conservatives who interpret the law to meet their one tracked conservative right wing views. I am confident that President Obama will make the right appointment.

    May 1, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. Joe

    Sen. McConnell, with all due respect, the way your party dealt with the Democratic minority with Bush's appointees, you're in no position to dictate terms. Your party will likely get more consideration than the Democrats got then, so don't cry foul.

    May 1, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. KJ

    sorry... minority leader.

    May 1, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. lived9lives Southern Oregon

    So who would the GOP suggest? Please tell me Rush doesn't have a law degree!

    May 1, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. Keeth in California

    Translation: Nominee must do exactly as we say or we're going to start whining again.

    May 1, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. CA Don

    It is not terribly relevant what a Republican has to say about the Supreme Court nominee. They have moved so far to the right of the main stream they are a dying party. The demographics of the country are changing so that a far right fringe party will be a permanent minority party. It is certainly good to have a balanced court, but right now it is made up of far right conservatives and centrists. Balance dictates some left of center justices are in order.

    May 1, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Brian mesaAZ

    Will GOP ever stop reminding the country of their recent history? They want the Pres to pick someone they like? Give me a break. I would be deeply concerned if the President picks someone who these so-called GOP leaders would endorse. I sure look forward to Franken being seated so the GOP can be more irrelevant than they currently are. They are still trying to appeal to other Republicans (21% of the electorate). They are out of touch with not only the American people but also reality. I believe that is called "nuts/insane".

    May 1, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Todd

    Tell you what, as soon as the rest of the Court puts politics aside, the new nominee will do the same.

    May 1, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Proud American

    Republicans are such Morons, now whoever is picked must put politices aside? What a joke, where was the idiot when bush picked his friend and attorney? Shut up and go away.

    May 1, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. karkri

    Where was this joker when Roberts & Alito were appointed?

    May 1, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Curtis in WI

    Gotta loathe the republicans who constantly call for others to do what they themselves refuse to do.

    May 1, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Ron M.

    The republicans continue to make me sick. They do not take the blame for the economic mess we are in and now this senator talk like none of the conservative judges on the bench are the ones who follow the law. I have heard both Roberts and Alito speak and it seems the law is the furthest thing from there minds. I hope the American public doesn't listen to this crap. Enough with the republicans! Send more of them home on 2010 and then maybe they will learn that you MUST accept responsibility for thier actions. They seem to be more interested in political self interest than in doing what is right for our country.

    May 1, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. alpha_nu_916

    "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."

    mitch & his republican cronies had no problem throwing up 2 relatively inexperienced conservative judges, who incoincidentialy always [maybe 95% of the time] side with the conservative wing of the court, three years ago.
    supreme court chief justice roberts was an appellate court judge for only several years before being elevated to the seat vacated by reinquist & mitch is calling on president obama to nominate a bi-partisan, experienced nominee? please.
    nominate a liberal like thurgood marshall or william brennan. balace that court out.

    May 1, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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