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McCain: Judicial appointments a key difference with Dems

Posted May 6, 2008

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— With the Republican nomination all but officially his, presidential candidate John McCain used a Tuesday appearance in Winston-Salem to talk policy to North Carolina voters.

It was McCain's second speech in as many days in the Tar Heel state, and he used the opportunity to address the issue of judicial appointments.

"It will fall to the next president to nominate hundreds of men and women to the courts, and the choices we make will reach far, far into the future," he told the crowd of mostly Wake Forest University students.

He said the handling of judicial nominations was one of the defining issues of the presidential campaign and a major point of separation between him and the Democratic candidates.

"Two senators – Obama and Clinton – have very different ideas from my own," McCain told the crowd.

"They are both lawyers themselves and don't seem to mind at all when fundamental questions of social policy are pre-emptively decided by judges instead of by the people and their elected representatives," he continued.

McCain made it clear that he would nominate strict constructionist judges to the federal bench.

"My nominees will understand that there are clear limits to the scope of judicial power and clear limits to the scope of federal power," he added.

He took a specific swipe at Sen. Barack Obama's vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

McCain supporters said they were impressed with his remarks, although some admit they were surprised by his focus on judicial issues. He made no push for a vote in Tuesday's North Carolina primary and did not mention the issue often cited as top of the list for voters: the economy.

"I would have liked to have heard his comments on the economy," supporter Chrisse Eckhardt said after the speech.

"However, it shows his real knowledge. He's been in the Senate. He knows what he's talking about. He knows the things that need to be fixed," Eckhardt continued.

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  • Be Real May 7, 2008

    {What is a humble person like myself to do? It's interesting how each of you posts your biased opinions in a futile attempt to sway (passively force) people to think the way you want them to. well wisher}
    {He is the only candidate who is committed to restoring the Constitution as it was written. He is the only Candidate who will not take money from lobbyists and special interest groups. He is the only candidate who can stand by his voting record......I could go on and on....... Whatever you all do, please be responsible, be informed and get out to the polls. bereal}
    Well wisher, I'd like to point out this information is not opinion but fact that can be backed up. I was giving a few facts to encourage people to really research for themselves who the candidates are (including Ron Paul who's mostly been ignored) so they could cast an informed vote rather than just listening to the news media. The news media has value, just not as the only source for researching candidates.

  • 5-113 FA Retired May 7, 2008

    I'm in here strictly for the entertainment value. It tickles me the amount of poo poo that is plastered on GOLO by seemingly (self-proclaimed) "intelligent" people. Keep on taking the bait that I may continue to reap the benefits of an unlimited supply of fodder for my ethics in journalism students.

  • well wisher May 7, 2008

    I'm just so confused, all of you all knowing, all seeing people have the right answer. What is a humble person like myself to do? It's interesting how each of you posts your biased opinions in a futile attempt to sway (passively force) people to think the way you want them to. And in the same breath speak of fascism, liberals, conservatives when each of you fit in one or more of the categories. He who speaks with a fool learns nothing.

  • patriotsrevenge May 6, 2008

    Careful ifc, that last sentence almost made it sound like you believe that "American" and "Republican" aren't necessarily the same thing. You might lose your magic decoder ring for that one. And, while I'll be voting for a Democrat this time, I believe that McCain is 1000 times more of a "patriot" than Paul.

  • foetine May 6, 2008

    maybe he'll appoint a justice that isn't as lazy as Justice Thomas.

  • 5-113 FA Retired May 6, 2008

    So is he really saying he's not going to be a "Hitler" like we have now?

  • ifcdirector May 6, 2008

    Be Real, you should follow your own advice...be real. Ron Paul lost, I hate to be the one to break the news to you. McCain has locked up the nomination, so Paul is just tilting at windmills. The Republican party rejected him for good reasons, mainly, in my opinion, because he's a complete loon.
    patriotsrevenge

    That whole posted reply is in a word....sad. When people can refer to the most conservative member of Congress and the only real Republican member who is a true patriot in every sense of the word while simultaneously gloating for a socialist we have reached rock bottom. Are there other flag choices you could add to your icon such as Soviet Russia's, Belarus', or China's? I think your patriotic revenge is more reflective of the thought process there than anything remotely American let alone Republican.

  • ifcdirector May 6, 2008

    Unfortunately that's the only difference between McAmnesty and the two communists on the other side too......I suppose. We are not privy to his appointment thinking yet now are we? I am just glad that whatever was put into the water supply to make people believe that McAmnesty was a Republican is still being filtered out by my PUR water filter. Thanks PUR for saving my brain.

  • patriotsrevenge May 6, 2008

    Be Real, you should follow your own advice...be real. Ron Paul lost, I hate to be the one to break the news to you. McCain has locked up the nomination, so Paul is just tilting at windmills. The Republican party rejected him for good reasons, mainly, in my opinion, because he's a complete loon.

  • patriotsrevenge May 6, 2008

    Thanks veyor, I'm glad to see that we agree about "grey areas". I was no fan of Bill Clinton either, but remember, the self appointed "decent" of the far right can be just as dangerous.

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