Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that while he wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned, his views didn’t influence the president’s decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
On Monday evening, President Trump announced that he was nominating Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court made by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
In an interview with CNN that aired Tuesday, Pence explained that Kavanaugh was not elected with the goal to overturning Roe v. Wade.
“What the president was looking for here was a nominee who will respect the Constitution as written, who will faithfully uphold the Constitution in all of his interpretations of the law,” said Pence.
“The president believes that the proper consideration for a nominee to the court is not about litmus tests. … Frankly, we’ve seen enough of litmus tests over the decades. What we don’t want is people to go to the courts with a specific objective or policy criteria.”
Pence’s comments echo what Trump said following his announcement that he had selected Kavanaugh, telling reporters at the White House that “I haven’t” asked the nominee about abortion.
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Source: Christian Post