Conservatives and pro-lifers are all fired up over the news talker of the day: John McCain wouldn't support a Samuel Alito-type Supreme Court nominee if elected, according to a prominent columnist.
Wall Street Journal writer John Fund said that McCain would support Supreme Court nominees who follow in the steps of John Roberts -- but not Samuel Alito.
Watch McCain's response to CBN News about rumors of his position on Justice Alito. For more on David Brody's interview with Johm McCain, click here.
Fund wrote that "Mr. McCain has told conservatives he would be happy to appoint the likes of Chief Justice John Roberts to the Supreme Court. But he indicated he might draw the line on a Samuel Alito, because 'he wore his conservatism on his sleeve.'"
It seemed McCain, who is seeking the vote of GOP conservatives, had a little explaining to do.
Setting the Record Straight
CBN News' David Brody sat down with McCain for a one-on-one in Florida, Monday, as the Arizona senator sought to set the record straight.
"I'm so proud of Justice Alito. I'm so proud of playing a role in getting his nomination through the United States Senate, he and Justice Roberts; and, I've said many times that my nominees as President will be people like Roberts and Alito," McCain said.
"They're the role model for what we're going to do when I am President of the United States because I have the greatest admiration for him and Chief Justice Roberts," he said.
On Appointing Judges
McCain noted that he understood how important it is to get good judges on the bench during this next presidential term.
"Look, I'm so proud of this President for appointing Roberts and Alito and as you know, there could be as many as two or three in the next President's term, vacancies on the Supreme Court," McCain told CBN News.
"I will only appoint or nominate judges who have a clear record. Not statements but a clear record of strictly interpreting the Constitution of the United States. We all know there's been legislating from the bench that has harmed, or I think, threatened some of the fundamentals of the constitutional role of the judiciary," he said.