Skip to comments.Rudy: I'm a strict constructionist (can someone document his appointment record?)
Posted on 02/03/2007 4:44:05 PM PST by RepublicanPOTUSin08
Following is a transcript of Mayor Giulianis address today to the SC GOPs executive committee in Columbia, South Carolina, with regard to the mayors judicial philosophy:
"On the Federal judiciary I would want judges who are strict constructionists because I am. Im a lawyer. Ive argued cases in the Supreme Court. Ive argued cases in the Court of Appeals in different parts of the country. I have a very, very strong view that for this country to work, for our freedoms to be protected, judges have to interpret not invent the Constitution. Otherwise you end up, when judges invent the constitution, with your liberties being hurt. Because legislatures get to make those decisions and the legislature in South Carolina might make that decision one way and the legislature in California a different one. And thats part of our freedom and when thats taken away from you thats terrible. President Bush has the great model because I think as the President he did appointed (sic) some really good ones and both of them are former colleagues of mine - Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito. Justice Scalia is a former colleague of mine. Somebody that I think Chief Justice Roberts is a great chief justice and hes young and he can have a long career and thats probably the reason the President and Vice President chose him. I think those are the kinds of justices I would appoint Scalia, Alito and Roberts. If you can find anybody as good as that, you are very, very fortunate."
I dont know how the mayor can say it any more clearly than that.
(Excerpt) Read more at race42008.com ...
How would he square such appointments with his pro abortion views?
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Republican Big-Wigs Support Pro-Abortion Event in NY
Pro-abortion Governor George Pataki and New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who also
supports unrestricted abortion, are co-chairs of the 2000 Choice Award Presentation to be
held on May 30 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. The event is sponsored by the
Republican Pro-Choice Coalition, a group that is campaigning for the removal of the pro-life
plank from the Republican National Platform.
Thank you much! Received the same thing in email. The campaign is busy even on Saturday. YEA!
Where does this "Strict Constructionist" stand on the 2nd Amendment?
Looks like you're not on the ping list. :)
I wonder why I'm not receiving email. I signed up for it. I'll do it again.
The bots will swallow anything said in their determination to maintain power. As for the GOP platform, its a document made of wax i.e. it'll conform to whatever is shoved within its borders.
That's a start.
And he's prolly gonna win the general election...and go on to define the enemy and victory itself.
But wait, hasn't Bush defined the enemy...Yup...Islam is the religion of peace.
Hasn't Bush define victory...yep....well, nope.
But let's keep on fightin.
Ping. It's starting up again
"Rudy will appoint strict constructionist Supreme court judges.' Yeah, right.
Who cares about islam...let's stop abortion. Hey, dude, git your paws off my gun.
"Where does this "Strict Constructionist" stand on the 2nd Amendment?"
This is almost impossible to believe and it sounds like
something from Kerry's play-book.
Nice try Rudy, but were not the Left drinking from the Koolaid fountain.
Well, that does it. Bye bye, troll.
On the site, they seem to suggest he'd say he's pro-choice, but doesn't think there's a constitutional right to an abortion (doesn't think RvW was correctly decided).
Does anybody have a list of Rudy's appointments as governor of NY so we could judge him?
Great request. Lets see him prove it.
And your conclusion to that fact is that we need a liberal president? Why then stop with Rudy?
Why not vote for Hillary and get the real deal?
Rudy was mayor of NYC. Mayors don't get to appoint judges. I have heard though that Rudy worked for Ronald Reagan's Justice Department.
Not sure Mayor Giuliani was governor of New York State.
That line wouldn't be funny, except for the fact that he stumbled incoherently through the speech, and that it's pure lip service.
First of all I meant, mayor, not governor.
Secondly here is one New Yorkers take on Rudy's appointmets while in office:
While he was the Republican Mayor of New York City he appointed more than 60 men and women to the Civil, Criminal, and Family Court benchs. In all of those judicial appointment not one of them was a Republican.
All of his judical appointments were either registered Liberals or registered Democrats. As the Republican Mayor he had appointment power over more than 70 full commissioners in more than 50 City agencies, yet at no time during his administration did REPUBLICANS account for more than 10% of those appointments.
He even appointed Chuck Schumers wife as the Citys Department of Transportation Commissioner.
Post #29 was also to you.
Thanks for the ping... just home and trying to catch up.
Although something is wrong, the thread appears to be spam free!... ;)
"While he was the Republican Mayor of New York..."
Good stuff. (why do so many here support the country club, rockefeller type, pretend Repubs?)
As I posted previously, a person can be pro legal abortion, but NOT believe it's the role of the Supreme Court to be activist and read constitutional rights that aren't there into the text - a legal distinction some can't understand.
talk, as we all well know, is cheap.
Doesn't sound too much like a conservative to me.
the two things don't have anything to do with each other.
you pro-lifers - WAKE UP. there is one chance to get Roe overturned, we are one justice away from it. If a Dem wins the white house in 2008, she will replace 3 justices, and Roe will be settled law in the US for the next 30 years.
a pro-choice R can appoint a judge who would toss Roe given the right case, that won't make abortion illegal - it will simply send it to the states where it belongs.
How would he square such appointments with his pro abortion views?
you do not understand how the political machine in NYC works.
I guarantee you for example, that positions appointed on staten island - were republicans. but its just not possible in the other boroughs.
I don't see much room for an abortionist to be lecturing conservatives.
And how does the political machine work in DC? Do you not realize how difficult it is to get constitutionalist judges confirmed through the senate? And that's even with a Republican majority. I do not trust an abortionist, gay rights gungrabber to nominate constitutionalist judges much less go to the mat against liberals and RINOs to fight for their confirmations. It would be far too easy to say "the political machine won't allow it to happen."
Over the last month or two there has been a good deal of public opinion polling on the 2008 Republican primary race. I thought it would be helpful to take a step back and take a closer look at how voters - particularly Republican primary voters - feel about Rudy Giuliani and why we think we are well-positioned heading in to the primary season.
Americans Have a Highly Favorable Opinion of Mayor Giuliani
Entering the 2008 primary season, Rudy Giuliani is uniquely positioned among potential Republican candidates because of his extremely high favorability ratings. Recent public opinion polling shows Mayor Giuliani with 61% approval among adults across the country - according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll (Jan. 16-19, 2007). The well respected, bipartisan Battleground Poll (Jan 8-11, 2007) shows the Mayor with 65% favorability among likely voters. More importantly, Mayor Giuliani shows an 81% favorable rating among Republicans and only 10% with an unfavorable opinion.
According to the Battleground poll, Mayor Giuliani also has surprisingly high favorability ratings beyond the base:
70% of independents are favorable,
70% of 35-44 year olds,
74% of married women,
73% of households married with children,
52% of minority voters
The Mayor also enjoys strong approval among white evangelical Christians (76%) and self-described conservative Republicans (82%).
In an even more recent poll, Gallup (Jan. 25-28, 2007) finds Mayor Giuliani also leads among Republicans on 7 of 10 key issues including terrorism, the economy, healthcare and fighting crime. He also leads on 11 of 15 key candidate attributes - including "better understands the problems faced by ordinary Americans", "would manage government more effectively" and what I believe to be the single most important factor - "is the stronger leader."
In sum, while we fully expect these polls to tighten in the months and weeks to come, Republican voters genuinely know and like Rudy Giuliani.
The Mayor Performs Well in Opinion Polls
The Mayor's exceptionally strong approval ratings also translate in to an advantage on Republican primary ballot tests. In 11 of 13 ballot tests in respected national public opinion polls [Fox News, Newsweek, Time Gallup, CNN, NBC/Wall Street Journal, ABC/Washington Post] since last November, Mayor Giuliani has a lead - in fact, his lead is on average, more than 5-points over the next closest candidate. And his ballot strength began to trend upward after the 2006 midterm elections.
Mayor Giuliani Leads in Key 2008 Primary States
Mayor Giuliani also leads in a series of other states that will likely prove critical in the 2008 Republican primary:
California 33% 19% (Gingrich) ARG - Jan. 11-17
Florida 30% 16% (Gingrich) ARG - Jan. 4-9
Illinois 33% 24% (McCain) ARG - Jan. 11-14
Michigan 34% 24% (McCain) ARG - Jan. 4-7
Nevada 31% 25% (McCain) ARG - Dec. 19-23, '06
New Jersey 39% 21% (McCain) Quinnipiac - Jan. 16-22
North Carolina 34% 26% (McCain) ARG - Jan. 11-15
Ohio 30% 22% (McCain) Quinnipiac - Jan. 23-28
Pennsylvania 35% 25% (McCain) ARG Jan. 4-8
Texas 28% 26% (McCain) Baselice Jan. 17-21
Recent polling continues to suggest Mayor Giuliani is very well positioned within the party - particularly when compared to other potential Republican candidates - to win the nomination.
Mayor Giuliani's favorable public opinion stems not only from his extraordinary leadership in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and in the uncertainty that followed, but also from a remarkably strong record of accomplishments in fighting crime and turning around New York City's economy in the 1990's
You still are under the impression that Rudy can win. I don't think he has or ever will have a chance to win.
Is it because Lieberman is nominally a Democrat, and Giuliani nominally a Republican? There is little difference between the two otherwise.
NYC is 9:1 Dem registration, Giuliani's election here was a miracle - 2100+ murders a year can do that to a city. the Dem party apparatus that controls alot of other things in the City, its hard for the election of one mayor to instantly clean out things entrenched over many decades.
at the federal level, we know that openly anti-Roe picks have zero chance of confirmation. all our candidates are "stealth" picks, short of 60 strong pro-life senators (which we know we aren't going to have anytime soon). I can see why Rudy is talking about this issue, he knows its something he is going to have to address specifically as the primaries unfold.
But if a Dem is elected in 2008 - we know who those judges are going to be with 100% certainty, and the makeup of the SCOTUS - the ones sure to retire, the ones who are getting old - what is the pro-life movement going to do when faced with the guarantee that Roe will be in place for the next 30 years? I am personally pro-life, but 34 years of Roe - there has to be some movement off that dime now, another 30 years? - the political force of the pro-life movement will be non-existent in the face of it.
2008 is a rough year, if we had some solid conservative candidate ready to go, I think that person would have emerged already and there would be some "buzz" and money flowing in that direction.
COLMES: Now, on abortion now, you are pro-choice, right?
COLMES: You're a pro-choice Republican.
GIULIANI: I am.
COLMES: Now, Roe vs. Wade -- You are pro-choice. How important is it to you as a pro-choice Republican to have a pro-choice on the court as someone...
GIULIANI: That is not the critical factor. And what's important to me is to have a very intelligent, very honest, very good lawyer on the court. And he fits that category, in the same way Justice Ginsburg fit that category.
I mean, she was she maybe came at it from a very different political background, very qualified lawyer, very smart person.
the nomination, or the general election? I agree with you, getting the nomination will be very difficult.