FreedomWorks’ Statement on Supreme Court Nominee

Following the announcement of President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

“This debate is over the process, not the nominee. The Senate is not obligated to confirm or even hold hearings for a president’s nominee to the Supreme Court. These senators, many of whom have concerns about the centralization of power in the executive branch under President Obama and the administration’s disregard for fundamental freedoms protected by the Constitution, are not willing to be rubber stamps for this White House. It’s disingenuous for the White House, Senate Democrats, and pundits friendly to this president to imply that the Senate should be just a rubber stamp.”

“The position of Republican senators is exactly the same position that Democrats like Joe Biden, Harry Reid, and Chuck Schumer have taken in previous confirmation battles or public statements on nominees to the Supreme Court and lower courts. Our community of conservative activists believes that Majority Leader McConnell and Chairman Grassley should stand firm and continue to insist that they will not hold hearings or a vote on a nominee until the next president is sworn into office.”

FreedomWorks Foundation Executive Director Curt Levey added:

“Confirming President Obama’s nominee would mean installing a liberal majority on the Supreme Court that would eviscerate virtually all limits on federal power and the regulatory state and would reverse many of the freedoms conservatives hold dear. A once-in-a-century vacancy like this one, where the ideological balance of the Supreme Court is on the line in an election year, cries out for keeping this seat on the Court open until the American people have the opportunity to express their views on the Court’s direction this November.”

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