by Steven Ertelt
January 14, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In his weekly radio address to the nation on Saturday, President Bush urged the Senate to promptly approve Samuel Alito’s nomination to replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court.
The Senate Judiciary Committee completed hearings on Alito’s bid this week and the Senate appears likely to approve his nomination.
The president praised Alito as a "man of character and intelligence" and said he "always approaches the law in a thoughtful, fair and open-minded way."
"During this week’s hearings and over the course of his career, Judge Alito has demonstrated that he is eminently qualified to serve on our nation’s highest court," Bush said.
"America is fortunate to have a man of his intellect and integrity willing to serve, and as a justice on our nation’s highest court, Sam Alito will make all Americans proud," President Bush added.
Bush said Alito demonstrated he has a "mastery of the law" and he should receive a "prompt up-or-down vote."
"His record shows that he strictly and fairly interprets the Constitution and laws, and does not try to legislate from the bench or impose his personal preference on the people," Bush concluded.
Senate Democrats plan to stall a vote in the Judiciary Committee, but that likely won’t be enough to stop him from being confirmed. Republicans are lining up solidly behind his nomination and the chance of a filibuster succeeding appears very unlikely.