Election raises stakes for possible Supreme Court vacancies
October 1st, 2012
09:24 AM ET
6 years ago

Election raises stakes for possible Supreme Court vacancies

Washington (CNN) - Barack Obama and Mitt Romney wasted little time rushing to the cameras when the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the president's sweeping health care reform law.

Their remarks after the June ruling were a contrast of competing rhetoric over a contentious piece of legislation, and a prism into how each candidate hopes to quietly change the makeup of the federal courts.


Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama • Supreme Court
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  1. Gurgyl

    Forty seven percent and Bain-Capital tell all...........

    October 1, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Larry in Houston

    not a huge obama fan – but we need to elect a dem this time around – otherwise, things like roe vs wade will be overturned – affordable health care will be overturned – and many, many other laws that have been on the books for awhile. Women's rights will end up being like in the 1960's. and the list goes on.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 (for the "working" middle class) ( what's left of us)

    October 1, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. GI Joe

    The republicans have tried every scare tactic - this one is kinda new - if all else fails, use the S.c.

    If Romney wins, I guarantee women will lose rights all over the place. And corporations will be given the go-ahead to pollute the air and water until all the kids and dogs and cats in this country are sick or dead.

    October 1, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. enuff

    Remember: corporations are people too. Yeah, right. I'll believe that when Texas executes one.

    October 1, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. rs

    This is one of those specious "watch-outs" we always hear at election time.
    While it is true that Democrats nominate more "liberal" judges and Republicans more "conservative" ones. It is useful to also talk about how the system works in real time.
    First, Mr. Obama (despite Republican spinning) is no raving liberal, and his judicial picks have been very middle-of-the road. Mr. Romney has no true ideology and so his picks are a crap-shoot. he is however, by nature a moderate man.
    In any event, the Senate still looms as a moderating (or at least a hand-brake) force. Candidates too far from the center rarely get successfully sworn in.
    Finally- the judges themselves. Except perhaps in that moment of lunacy when Mr. Bush floated putting one of his administrators up for the court, each and every President who has successfully placed a SC member on the bench, has picked a fairly legitimate man or women in to the job, and they have risen to the occassion.
    One only need look at this conservative court's support for the ACA (a.k.a. "Obamacare") as proof that the system works.

    October 1, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |