Jeb Bush Says He Won't Impose 'Litmus Tests' on Supreme Court Nominees

By Melanie Arter | November 2, 2015 | 3:07pm EST
GOP presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - GOP presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he still does not believe in litmus tests when it comes to judicial appointments, and he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who have a “consistent proven record of judicial restraint.”

“I don't believe in litmus tests, but I'm going to make sure that my appointments to the Supreme Court would have a consistent proven record of judicial restraint,” said Bush.

 



Bush told talk show host Larry King in 1996 that he didn’t think then-presidential candidate Bob Dole should have a litmus test for cabinet appointments or judicial appointments.

“1996 you told Larry King that you didn't think Bob Dole should have a litmus tests for cabinet appointments or judicial appointments. That one issue shouldn't do it, at the time referring to abortion. You said, ‘You know what? There's 100 things that make somebody a conservative, not just one issue,’” said host Chuck Todd. “Do you still believe that? No litmus tests?”

“I don't believe in litmus tests, but I'm going to make sure that my appointments to the Supreme Court would have a consistent proven record of judicial restraint,” said Bush.

“So you're not going to ask a potential Supreme Court justice if they would overturn Roe v. Wade?” Todd asked.

“No, but I would ask deep questions about judicial philosophy, and then make sure that the person had a proven record. I think the lessons of the last few years is that you've got to fight for your candidates that you nominate, and they ought to have a clear, consistent record so that you have a higher assurance they're not going to wander off,” said Bush.

“You had said that, at the time, you didn't think that there was a broad enough consensus to fight for a constitutional amendment against abortion. You still feel that way?” Todd asked.

“I think that what we ought to do is elect conservatives, like myself and others, that believe that life is a gift from God and life is precious,” said Bush.

 

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