Senate Republicans want Supreme Court nominee to apply law impartially Safiya Boucaud at 7:28 AM ET
[JURIST] US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) [official website] said Sunday that he wants the Supreme Court [official website] nominee who will replace retiring Justice David Souter [JURIST report] to be someone who will apply the law without bias. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McConnell said [transcript]:
what we are looking for, we meaning Republicans in the Senate ... is a nominee who will apply the law without partiality. Each federal judge takes an oath to apply the law to both the rich and the poor. Their personal views ought to be irrelevant. I think Chief Justice Roberts had it right during his confirmation hearings. He said the - a judge ought to be like an umpire - call the balls and strikes but dont make the rules. That's the kind of individual we're looking for. We know it will be someone of the political left. But a number of leftist judges have been able to put aside their personal views and call it like they see it.
McConnell also said that he will not rule out the possibility of filibustering President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
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