Republican Candidates Discuss Judges at Values Voter Summit

Published Thu, Oct 13 2011 7:42 AM

Among the topics discussed by the presidential candidates at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. this past weekend were the proper role of judges and respect for the Constitution.

Michele Bachmann said, “We must prevent this president from having the chance to nominate one more liberal ideologue to the Supreme Court.  That can never happen again.”  She continued, “We need justices who will respect life and respect the Constitution of the United States and respect the limits of the Constitution of the United States, and together we must pledge a renewed commitment to the enduring strength of this magnificent constitutional order and the enduring vitality of a free people whose constitution guarantees unequivocally our right to create and dream in the context of a free society and a free economy.”

Newt Gingrich remarked, “we have judges who don’t understand the Constitution” who are “radically changing our society through judicial dictate.”  Gingrich traced the problem to American law schools which teaches a “fundamentally, profoundly, ignorantly anti-American” judicial model. He said, “one of the major impediments to democracy today is the very behavior of the law schools that teach an usurpation of power that is utterly unsustainable.” 

He used examples of inappropriate behavior as use of foreign law and judicial involvement in national security issues.  He said, “With each passing decade, the judges have become more hostile to the American tradition.  They openly discuss using foreign sources of information.”   Gingrich continued, “The idea of the courts will take on responsibility for defending the United States is a clear and fundamental violation of the Constitution and a fundamental violation of the executive branch’s power.” Newt Gingrich announced that he released a paper, “Bringing the Courts Back Under the Constitution” further explaining these principles.

For more coverage of the Republican presidential candidates on judges, click here.

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