Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Want Supreme Court Job, Potential Picks Back Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
May 3, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the weekend said she has no interest in the Supreme Court opening coming about as a result of the retirement of pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens. However, taking Clinton’s name off the list of potential replacements doesn’t alleviate concerns over abortion.
When Clinton left the Democratic race for president in 2008, political observers speculated she may one day seek an appointment to the high court from Barack Obama.
Mentioned as a potential nominee for Obama’s second Supreme Court appointment, Clinton told NBC’s "Meet the Press" program on Sunday that she is not interested.
"I do not and have never wanted to be a judge, ever. I mean, that has never been anything that I even let cross my mind because it’s just not my personality," Clinton said.
She added, "I intend to … I think so," when asked if she planned to stay on as Secretary of State for the remainder of Obama’s first term.
"But, I mean, you know, people have been asking me this, and in, in the interest of full disclosure, it is an exhausting job. But I enjoy it, I have a great time doing it," she said.
The White House, as early as April 12, nixed the rumors that Clinton would consider a nomination to the Supreme Court.
"The president thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job as Secretary of State and wants her to remain in that position," White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said at the time.
As Obama finalizes his potential nominations, the White House has been holding quiet meetings with the representatives of pro-abortion and left-wing groups to get their input.
The consensus is that Democrats control the Senate by a 59-41 vote margin and, following this November’s elections, probably won’t have that wide of a gap for years to come. As a result, they are urging Obama to shoot for the moon with a nominee who is stridently pro-abortion.
During a recent meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders, Obama said he is "somebody who believes that women should have the ability to make often very difficult decisions about their bodies and the issues of reproduction."
He claimed he had no litmus test but, in the next breath, said he would appoint someone who "who is going to be interpreting our Constitution in a way that takes into account" legal abortions.
Obama reportedly has a list of about 10 people he is considering. Solicitor General Elena Kagan and Judges Diane Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Merrick Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District Circuit are considered leading candidates.
Judges Sidney Thomas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Ann Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; pro-abortion Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan and former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears of the Georgia Supreme Court are other potential nominees.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who backs abortion and Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School, and Justice Carlos Moreno of the California Supreme Court are other potential replacements for Stevens.
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