by Steven Ertelt
July 18, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Bush talked over the weekend about the kind of person he will appoint to replace outgoing pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. During his weekly radio address, the president indicated he would look for a "fair-minded individual who represents the mainstream of American law and American values.”
The candidate to replace O’Connor will also need to "meet the highest standards of intellect, character and ability and will pledge to faithfully interpret the Constitution and laws of our country," Bush said.
"Our nation deserves, and I will select, a Supreme Court justice that Americans can be proud of," the president added, though he did not announcement any potential candidates or a nominee during the address.
President Bush also discussed his meetings with Congressional leaders of both parties about the upcoming pick and indicated he welcomed their ideas and input.
Bush said he was counting on the Senate to quickly hold hearings on and vote to confirm a nominee. He pointed out that the Senate voted on pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 42 days after Clinton submitted her nomination and pro-abortion Justice Stephen Breyer 73 days after his nomination.
"These examples show that thorough consideration of a nominee does not require months of delay,” he said.
Bush restated his desire to have a nominee approved in time for the next Supreme Court term, which begins in October.
Pro-life groups say they are confident Bush will rely on his judicial philosophy in naming a Supreme Court nominee who will interpret the Constitution and not legislate from the bench.
"It’s important that the President listen to the views of the leadership of both parties in the Senate, but at the end of the day, we’re confident that President Bush will rely on his judicial philosophy in naming a Supreme Court nominee," said Jay Sekulow, lead attorney for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).
"Americans understand what’s at stake — a key vacancy on the Supreme Court that will ultimately affect the direction of the high court," said Sekulow. "Americans also understand that the responsibility of naming a nominee rests with the President – a President whose judicial philosophy will serve the nation and the high court well."
Sekulow said the ACLJ is working closely with other organizations and prepared to launch a nationwide campaign in support of President Bush’s nominee.