R E S P O N S E S
C L I N T O N
D O L E
As I have over the last four years, I intend to select individuals with
outstanding capabilities, a broad
array of professional experience, and who reflect the incredible diversity
of our nation. The Supreme
Court affects the lives of all Americans personally and deeply. A Supreme
Court Justice should have
the heart and spirit, the talent and discipline, the knowledge, common
sense, and wisdom to translate
the hopes of the American people, as presented in the cases before it,
into an enduring body of
constitutional law that will preserve our most cherished values that are
enshrined in that Constitution
and, at the same time, enable the American people to move forward. That is
why I am proud of my two
appointees to the Supreme Court -- two outstanding jurists who continue
to be forces for consensus-building by bringing people of diverse views
together for justice's sake, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and
I will continue to select for the bench persons with unquestionably good judgment, excellent education, and wide-ranging experience.
The next few years pose the possibility of three Supreme Court Justices
resigning. The direction of the court needs to be moved back to the center.
In recent years, the Court has lost focus of its primary purpose -- to
enforce and interpret the Constitution. Instead, it has become a regulator
of social agendas. I have been asked on several occasions if I have a litmus
test for judges. I do. My litmus test for judges is that they be intolerant
of outrage; that their passion is not to amend, but to interpret the
Constitution, that they are restrained in regard to those who live within the
law, and strict with those who break it.
And for those who say that I should not make President Clinton's liberal judicial appointments an issue in this campaign, I have a simple response. I have heard your argument.
The motion is denied.
I save my respect for the Constitution, not for those who would ignore it, violate it or replace it with conceptions of their own fancy. My administration will zealously protect civil and constitutional rights while never forgetting that our primary duty is protecting law abiding citizens.
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