President Bush Confident Harriet Miers Will Get Senate Confirmation

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 7, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 7, 2005

Washington, DC ( — President Bush on Friday said he’s confident the Senate will vote to confirm White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. Miers has come under scrutiny because she has little record on key issues like abortion, but pro-life groups are rallying around her because what is known about her position looks positive.

Asked if he would consider withdrawing Miers name should significant opposition arise in the Senate, Bush did not answer the question directly, but instead showered Miers with praise and predicted success.

"She is going to be on the bench," he said. "She’ll be confirmed."

Bush defended Miers as "an extraordinary nominee" and a "very bright woman."

"I’m confident she’s going to be a Supreme Court judge who will not legislate from the bench and will strictly interpret the Constitution," the president said after meeting with the prime minister of Hungary.

"When she’s on the bench, people will see a fantastic woman who is honest, open, humble, and capable of being a great Supreme Court judge."

Later, reporters again asked Bush if he would withdraw Miers’ nomination should opposition develop and Bush again resisted answering directly but reiterated his comments that he believed she would be confirmed for the high court post.

Meanwhile, a new Associated Press poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs found most who responded said they didn’t know enough about Miers to know whether they support or oppose her appointment to the Supreme Court.

Some 41 percent of those polled said the Senate should confirm her and 27 percent said it should not. Some 32 percent were still unsure about whether they support or oppose her nomination.

Several pro-life groups said they have learned enough about Miers to support her nomination, incuding National Right to Life, Christian Colaition and Focus on the Family head Dr. James Dobson.