In their second debate, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton gave sharply divergent views when asked how they would go about choosing Supreme Court justices. They “made it clear just how critical this election is for our Supreme Court,” The National Law Journal quoted Alliance for Justice Action Campaign President Nan Aron as saying.
Replying to a question from the audience, Clinton said in the Sunday debate, “I want to appoint Supreme Court justices who understand the way the world really works, who have real-life experience, who have not just been in a big law firm and maybe clerked for a judge and then gotten on the bench.” She wants a high court “that will stick with Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose,” she said, according to The Los Angeles Times, “and I want a Supreme Court that will stick with marriage equality.”
“I want a Supreme Court that doesn’t always side with corporate interests. I want a Supreme Court that understands because you’re wealthy and you can give more money to something doesn’t mean you have any more rights or should have any more rights than anybody else,” she said at another point. She said the current court “has gone in the wrong direction” and she would want to see the court reverse the Citizens United campaign finance decision from 2010 and also protect voting rights.
Trump praised the late Justice Antonin Scalia as a model justice, and he described 20 individuals he has named as possible picks as “highly respected, highly thought of, and actually very beautifully reviewed by just about everybody.”
His nominees, Trump said, would protect the Second Amendment, “which is totally under siege by people like Hillary Clinton.” His opponent replied, “I respect the Second Amendment,” and said she supports comprehensive background checks, closing “the gun show loophole” and “the online loophole.”
AFJAC’s Aron, focusing on the critical nature of this election for the Supreme Court, noted, “The next president could appoint up to four justices who will serve lifetime tenures.” The National Law Journal article quoting her was headlined, “In Debate with Trump, Clinton Says She’d Look Outside ‘Big Law’ for Supreme Court Nominees.” It was available through a Google search.