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RSC Retreat: Romney Would Name Roberts, Alito-Style Jurists
Human Events ^ | 2/2/07 | John Gizzi

Posted on 02/03/2007 9:04:07 AM PST by NormsRevenge

Baltimore, Md. -- Mitt Romney said today he would name judges in the mold of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito "if I am lucky enough" to become President and be able to appoint federal jurists.

At a press briefing following his luncheon address to the Republican Study Committee retreat here, the former Massachusetts governor and '08 Republican presidential hopeful said that the two Supreme Court appointments made by George W. Bush were "exactly spot on" and he would name judges like Roberts and Alito.

His criterion for naming federal judges, Romney added, would be judges who "follow the Constitution, and not depart from it."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: electableconserv; federaljudges; jurists; rinomey; romney; strictconstruction

1 posted on 02/03/2007 9:04:10 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Romney's going to be the next President.


2 posted on 02/03/2007 9:05:34 AM PST by zarf
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To: NormsRevenge

With each passing day, Romney looks better and better among an otherwise deadpan GOP hopeful gathering.


3 posted on 02/03/2007 9:05:53 AM PST by voletti (Awareness and Equanimity.)
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To: NormsRevenge

If nothing else, this issueis worth the upcoming fight. We absolutely have to pick a nominee who respects the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as is and will appoint Judicial nominees who do as well.


4 posted on 02/03/2007 9:06:45 AM PST by kerryusama04 (Isa 8:20, Eze 22:26)
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To: NormsRevenge

Roberts and Alito I like.

But I hope we can do better than Romney in 2008.


5 posted on 02/03/2007 9:08:07 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: NormsRevenge
Many here have claimed that Giuliani has "promised" to appoint "strict constructionist" judges in the mold of Alito and Roberts. Yet, they've failed to produce a quote from Giuliani where he actually made that promise. All they can point to is quotes where he says that Alito and Roberts were "colleagues" of his at the justice department and that Bush fulfilled HIS promises in appointing them.

At least Romney has now actually come out and promised to appoint justices like Alito and Roberts and to do it based upon their view of the Constitution.

6 posted on 02/03/2007 9:09:09 AM PST by Spiff (Rudy Giuliani Quote (NY Post, 1996) "Most of Clinton's policies are very similar to most of mine.")
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To: zarf

I've been a fan of his since '94 when he ran against Fatboy Kennedy.........he's a very genuine human being.


7 posted on 02/03/2007 9:09:44 AM PST by ninonitti
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To: zarf

Agreed, he is smooth, articulate and quick witted. He would abolutely destroy the Hildebeast or Osama Obama in a debate.

Additional news....

http://exposingtheleft.blogspot.com/2007/02/pro-life-attorney-endorses-mitt-romney.html


8 posted on 02/03/2007 9:10:58 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: NormsRevenge
Not gonna happen. He's weird, flippy floppy and totally unelectable.

Freepers sure love jumping on a losing cause though....

9 posted on 02/03/2007 9:12:43 AM PST by Cogadh na Sith (There's an open road from the cradle to the tomb.)
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To: NormsRevenge

At the NRO speech, Romney included Scalia and Thomas in his examples of the type of Justices he would appoint.


10 posted on 02/03/2007 9:12:44 AM PST by Plutarch
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To: NormsRevenge
I don't want to bring 'Mormon' anything back into this debate, but the link below comes straight from Latter day Saint scripture.

Link

It was adopted August 17,1835.

11 posted on 02/03/2007 9:16:22 AM PST by maui_hawaii (China: proudly revising history for over 2000 years and counting.)
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To: Cogadh na Sith

You mean "flip floppy" on abortion like Ronald Reagan was?


12 posted on 02/03/2007 9:16:58 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Spiff
More than that, Spiff.

Look at Rudy's actual record on judges. I really wish someone would actually post that information sometime.

He also praised Darth Vader Ginsberg.

In an interview, he once said that appointing a SCOTUS justice who would uphold Roe vs. Wade wasn't the "top priority." Upon watching this interview, I find it impossible for anyone to get the idea that it wouldn't be a high priority - though not the "top" one.

In a 2000 interview on This Week with Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson, he called Roe vs. Wade "good law." Think he's out to appoint judges that will apply what he believes to be bad law on one of the most critical judicial issues today?

Those who think we'd be okay because Rudy would give us nothing but the judges we want need to look at his history on judges, his views on key judicial issues, and the amount of judges (not JUST SCOTUS Justices) that he would appoint as President.

There is a great danger there that we'd be stuck with a long streak of vary bad judges, for a minimum of eight years when you think about it. Because in 2012, we'd get Rudy or a Democrat again in that scenario - so we'd be guaranteed eight years of bad appointments or not-very-good appointments.
13 posted on 02/03/2007 9:18:07 AM PST by TitansAFC (Pacifism is not peace; pacifists are not peacemakers.)
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To: Spiff

I'm not arguing your assertion here, but I thought I heard Guliani say that he would appoint judges like Alito and Roberts on Hannity last year.

I could be wrong in my memory and he may have used the type of non-commital language that you cite in your post or he may have said he supports the president's choices or some such thing without actually saying he'd appoint them himself.

FWIW.

(I suppose the fact that I can't say for sure is actually a statement in and of itself--again FWIW).


14 posted on 02/03/2007 9:18:34 AM PST by wolf24 ("It's always easy to rally the stupid.")
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To: maui_hawaii

"I don't want to bring 'Mormon' anything back into this debate"

I love it when people say things like "I don't want to do this or that" and then in the very next sentence that they the exact thing that they said they don't want to do.

Pretty funny.


15 posted on 02/03/2007 9:21:02 AM PST by wolf24 ("It's always easy to rally the stupid.")
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To: zarf

sure hope the gun grabber doesn't get elected.

Romney will say whatever it takes to get elected. He has no core values. He's a freaking RINO weatherman. His opinion changes with the wind.


16 posted on 02/03/2007 9:21:29 AM PST by flashbunny (If the founding fathers were alive today, they'd be plucking feathers and boiling tar.)
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To: wolf24
I didn't mention that the only real reason why I tend to refrain, and want to refrain from it is because wholly ignorant and sometimes hateful people go around flinging outright lies and false accusations at the religion itself.

If it stays on the level, I have no problem with it.

I am a realist. People are going to wonder and ask questions about Mormons, so being one, rather than run away, I should participate.

I presented my reluctance and reasons for posting that for the above mentioned reasons.

I hope you like it, because if you don't you can stick it.

17 posted on 02/03/2007 9:26:36 AM PST by maui_hawaii (China: proudly revising history for over 2000 years and counting.)
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To: zarf

It amazes me that people go on about the Mormon, the bigger question to me is Will America elect a Muslim (ie Obama). By the way, is ObamaSunni, Shiite, or Wahabi lineage. Excuse my spelling


18 posted on 02/03/2007 9:29:37 AM PST by mel
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To: NormsRevenge

With a Democratic Senate, judges like Roberts and Alito cannot be confirmed.

What difference does it make who the president appoints?


19 posted on 02/03/2007 9:35:50 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: zarf

I agree, and he can run with a Newt Gingrich, or (my personal favorite) Michael Steele to beef up his conservative credentials.


20 posted on 02/03/2007 9:37:56 AM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: mel
It amazes me that people go on about the Mormon, the bigger question to me is Will America elect a Muslim (ie Obama).

That's the same question I have. Many of the pro-life Christians confuse me in their concern about Romney's Mormonism yet don't express similar concerns about Obama's Muslim origins.

Deep down, in strictly religious label terms, which one the candidates concerns them most?

21 posted on 02/03/2007 9:39:46 AM PST by zarf
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22 posted on 02/03/2007 9:49:36 AM PST by flashbunny (If the founding fathers were alive today, they'd be plucking feathers and boiling tar.)
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To: TitansAFC
– The Boston Globe wrote in 2005, “Governor Mitt Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans, has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced, instead tapping registered Democrats or independents – including two gay lawyers who have supported expanded same-sex rights.”
23 posted on 02/03/2007 9:50:37 AM PST by metalurgist (Believe in my God or I will kill you! The cry of all religious extremists.)
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To: metalurgist

Ouch.

That's pretty damning. Romney's got some explaining to do.


24 posted on 02/03/2007 10:36:33 AM PST by TitansAFC (Pacifism is not peace; pacifists are not peacemakers.)
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To: zarf
Romney's going to be the next President.

Fox News just said that in New Hampshire McCain and Rudy are slipping and Romney is rising, pulling even with Rudy. They have them at:

McCain 27%

Romney 20%

Rudy 20%

25 posted on 02/03/2007 11:42:03 AM PST by redgirlinabluestate
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To: NormsRevenge


Mitt's sounding almost as good as he looks. :0)


26 posted on 02/03/2007 11:48:29 AM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: TitansAFC
Here's something I found by accident. It's a howl. Go here

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1231760586718929761

Just copy and paste it into your browser.

27 posted on 02/03/2007 5:02:37 PM PST by metalurgist (Believe in my God or I will kill you! The cry of all religious extremists.)
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To: neodad

Romney/Steele -- what a great ticket! Very intelligent and charismatic.


28 posted on 02/03/2007 8:53:32 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: TitansAFC

Rudy has no "record on judges" regarding appointments. once you understand how the judicial appointment process in NYC works (as I outlined on another thread), you see that.

Ginsberg won confirmation 96-3. almost every republican voted for her.


29 posted on 02/03/2007 8:56:21 PM PST by oceanview
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To: zarf
Many of the pro-life Christians confuse me in their concern about Romney's Mormonism yet don't express similar concerns about Obama's Muslim origins.

If it's Mormon vs. Muslim, the Mormon may win.
But if it's Mormon vs. Methodist (i.e. Hillary), Mitt doesn't have a prayer.
Hillary will play the "Christian" card. She claims to be "evangelical," you know.

30 posted on 02/03/2007 9:06:58 PM PST by wai-ming
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To: metalurgist
I watched about 1/2 of that video and its full of lies regarding Mormons and Mormon beliefs. There was very little accuracy in that ignorant cartoon you posted.
31 posted on 02/03/2007 10:38:39 PM PST by maui_hawaii (China: proudly revising history for over 2000 years and counting.)
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To: oceanview
Ginsberg won confirmation 96-3. almost every republican voted for her.

That means nothing. Most of the Republican Senators believe that the President is entitled to his nominees. Unlike the crats who invented the term "To Bork".

32 posted on 02/04/2007 8:43:00 AM PST by metalurgist (Believe in my God or I will kill you! The cry of all religious extremists.)
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To: maui_hawaii
I didn't make the cartoon and have no link to it. I don't really know what Mormons believe nor do I give a damn, and why should I believe you as to it's truthfulness.

None of the above matters. What you do see is just the beginning of what the crats with hit you with if old flip flopping Mitt is the Republican nominee.

33 posted on 02/04/2007 8:51:34 AM PST by metalurgist (Believe in my God or I will kill you! The cry of all religious extremists.)
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