John McCain Wants Supreme Court Judges Like John Roberts, Samuel Alito

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 29, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 29,

Washington, DC ( — John McCain was the subject of recent criticism on the Internet when he supposedly said he liked how Chief Justice John Roberts has served on the Supreme Court but not Justice Samuel Alito. McCain reportedly told Wall Street Journal writer John Fund that he would support nominees who were like Roberts, but not Alito.

Roberts and Alito, both appointees of President Bush, drew strong support from the pro-life community because of their view that law, especially as it relates to abortion, shouldn’t be made up from the federal bench.

McCain sat down with CBN News senior correspondent David Brody on Monday to make it clear where he stands on the issue of judges.

He first pointed out that he voted for both Roberts and Alito, whom pro-life advocates see as votes three and four on the high court in overturning Roe v. Wade.

"I’m so proud of Justice Alito. I’m so proud of playing a role in getting his nomination through the United States Senate, he and Justice Roberts," McCain told CBN.

"And I’ve said many times that my nominees as President will be people like Roberts and Alito," McCain added. "They’re the role model for what we’re going to do when I am President of the United States because I have the greatest admiration for him and Chief Justice Roberts."

McCain pointed out that there could be two or three judicial picks for the Supreme Court during the next four years. McCain said he was proud of working with pro-life Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jon Kyl on shepherding President Bush’s picks through the Senate.

"I will only appoint or nominate judges who have a clear record – not statements, but a clear record of strictly interpreting the Constitution of the United States," McCain promised CBN News.

"We all know there’s been legislating from the bench that has harmed, or I think, threatened some of the fundamentals of the constitutional role of the judiciary," he concluded.