Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says the Senate should reject any Supreme Court nominee pro-abortion President Barack Obama proposes. But he stopped short of joining Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz — both of whom agree that the Senate shouldn’t take up a nomination for a vote in the first place.
Here’s Bush’s interview with Fox News on the topic of a Supreme Court nominee:
DOOCY: “But former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says that the Senate should reject President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, and he joins us now from Miami. Good morning to you, governor.”
BUSH: “Good morning.”
DOOCY: “OK. So, there is a vacancy. But a number of Republicans are saying, let the next president pick the next seat on the Supreme Court. Do you agree with that?”
BUSH: “Whatever the Senate decides in terms of their procedures is fine with me. I just think that the nominee of the president should be rejected. And yeah, I think this should be a legitimate issue for November. A lot riding on this — really, just freedom for example and the Second Amendment. If you shift the court’s philosophy to the left, you’re going to have a devastating impact on the things — the liberties that Antonin Scalia believed in. So, I think this should be a legitimate question in the November election, and I would run to make sure that we protect our freedoms. That we protect the bill of rights. That we protect a business climate that allows us to rise up again to create jobs again for rising income again. All of this is at stake. And so, this is legitimate issue for November and that’s the place where it ought to be litigated.”
With the passing of pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia, political discussion has turned to his replacement. Thankfully, Justice Scalia was one of the minority of justices who disagree with Roe v. Wade and its 43 years of virtually unlimited abortions.
Unfortunately, President Barack Obama is already looking to pack the Supreme Court with another pro-abortion extremist who will keep abortion on demand in place for another 43 years.
Some pro-life advocates say the Senate must not hold a vote on any Scalia replacement, but instead should wait until a new president takes office. That allows the American people to select a new president and determine the course they want the Supreme Court to take on abortion.
Yesterday, Bush said whether the Senate schedules a vote is “really not important to me.”