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McCain pledges more conservative judges

  • Will take place on January 20, 2013
  • Quoted on June 27, 2008
  • Countdown Expired
  • Votes 1
  • Chance 50.0 %
  • Influence 111

Sen. John McCain moved to shore up his support among conservatives by pledging Tuesday to nominate strict constructionist, conservative judges to the federal bench.

"It will fall to the next president to nominate hundreds of qualified men and women to the federal courts, and the choices we make will reach far into the future," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said during a speech at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

"My two prospective opponents and I have very different ideas about the nature and proper exercise of judicial power," he said, referring to Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

"We would nominate judges of a different kind, a different caliber, a different understanding of judicial authority and its limits."

Many conservative members are suspicious of McCain on the issue of judges because of his involvement in 2006 in the Senate "gang of 14."

That bipartisan group of senators sought to reach a consensus on President Bush's judicial appointees, blocking some of the president's most conservative nominations while promising to confirm others.

The group formed after the then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist threatened to remove the ability to filibuster judicial nominations after Democratic senators blocked a number of Bush nominees.

But many conservatives responded positively to McCain's speech.


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