Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Power Line: McCain Denies Alito Quote

re: "John McCain held a blogger conference call today, mostly to respond to John Fund's claim in the Wall Street Journal that he might not appoint a judge like Sam Alito who "wore his conservatism on his sleeve." (Which, by the way, I don't think Alito did.) McCain said that he doesn't recall making the statement attributed to him by Fund, and doesn't know its source. McCain emphasized that he supported Alito enthusiastically, spoke in his favor on the Senate floor, and voted for his confirmation. He has said repeatedly that if elected President, he would nominate Supreme Court justices in the mold of Roberts and Alito. /In response to a question, he said he could imagine a situation where a judge could "wear his politics too much on his sleeve," but said that for him, the key question is whether the nominee has a clear track record of strict construction. /Absent more information, I'm inclined to take McCain at his word, as he certainly supported Justice Alito's nomination and, like all or nearly all of the Republican candidates, has held up Roberts and Alito as model nominees..."...

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