May 1st, 2009
04:12 PM ET
11 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. T.L.

    Who cares? Say whatever you want Mitch.

    May 1, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. Joan , Ontario

    This is perfect timing for the Democrats. It doesn't matter who Pres. Obama selects, the Republican leaders will be outraged and pull every dirty trick they can think of to challenge the candidate. With bitter and narrow-minded rhetoric they will rally their right wing base behind them by hailing their right wing agenda. Obviously this will only illustrate even more to everyone how out of touch they are with moderate and mainstream America. They will only alienate these people even more. They can't win. Looks good on them.

    May 1, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. William Charlotte, NC

    My guess is Obama, like, 80% of the rest of America pays absolutely NO attention to this NO-brain.

    After doing everything possible to derail Obama, why would "weaned-on-a-pickle" Mitch think Obama would bother with his thoughts. No one else does.

    May 1, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Jim

    The law can be interpreted a number of different ways, depending on your personal opinion. Sadly for Mr. McConnell, he seems to feel that there is this magic, completely objective view. But he knows this. What a shame to live a life where a good deal of your life's work is disingenuous.

    May 1, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Mike

    If the President nominates a conservative Republican, the pary of NO will still vote no.

    Its hard to believe our tax money is paying the salary of do nothing, always say NO Republican's salary!

    May 1, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. Dan in NY

    I'm a Democrat, and while I agree that the Republicans are being disingenuous after apponting Alito and Roberts, I agree that the Court should not be a political vehicle and the justice should be relatively independent. Sandra Day O'Conner was an outstanding justice because she was the centrist "swing" vote. The court was a fair and just place during her tenure, and there should be more like her!

    May 1, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
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