September 30th, 2012
02:13 PM ET
10 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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Supreme Court
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Squigman

    Pictured above: Nine people that need to be turned out to pasture. Old ideas, and deep seated laziness has taken the bench.

    September 30, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Any more Democrats on the Supreme Court, and this country will absolutely, no longer be a free country.

    The socialist dictatorship will be a reality.

    September 30, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. sue

    we already have the most pro=corporate court since the 1930's and the prospect of it being even more tilted toward the "personhood" of corporations and embryos while devaluing the civil rights of the actual citizenry is frightening.

    any salaried worker or woman who votes republican is asking to become a slave

    September 30, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. batjones

    The Supreme Court has been taken off the table because the fair haired Chief Justice, the epitome of Republican conservatism, turned away from his partisan upbringing and voted for Obamacare. Not to make light of his affliction, but I suspect that Chief Justice Roberts got to thinking about how frequently his seizures will occur as he grows older and something like Obamacare is not available to him. I find that Republicans show little empathy unless an issue directly affects them personally.

    Consider Romneycare: Mr. Romney enacts a state healthcare plan because he does not want to pay the increasing medical expenses of his afflicted wife. The Romney's have about five houses, spending most of their time in New Hampshire, but they maintain their residency in Massachusetts, because they want the people of Massachusetts to pay their healthcare costs. Romney even uses a therapeutic drassage horse as a medical tax write-off. However, Mr. Romney is against all of Obamacare. Yes, he is against all of Obamacare, EXCEPT pre-existing conditions, so he can officially leave the state of Massachusetts and still have someone else cover his healthcare costs. It is not business; it is personal.

    September 30, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I'm counting on lies from Ryan.

    September 30, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Very pathetic. Justices are hired by political umbrella....

    September 30, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. B.

    Lets just hope that Obama is elected and can have some debate about recent right leaning decisions by the Supreme Court and hopefully some balance restored in the future.

    September 30, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Obama is the Only person to come out in public and tell them to their faces in front of everyone that what they did with Citizens United was not correct.

    All the others just bow to them like they are gods of some kind. I admire Obama for his honesty.

    September 30, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |