One of the most important jobs a U.S. Senator has is providing advice and consent for a Supreme Court nominee. An Associate Justice for the Supreme Court can serve an average of 27 years. That’s why a decision on who to vote for, who to stand behind, and who to stand with is so important – not only to me but to our children and grandchildren.
I was honored to be at the White House East Wing with President Donald J. Trump while he made the announcement that Judge Neil Gorsuch would be that nominee to take the chair of Antonin Scalia. What an honor to be nominated for that seat in particular.
Judge Gorsuch’s academic accomplishments are nothing other than stellar. His decision to serve as a Justice in the highest court in the land is truly a testament to his character, his intelligence, his understanding of the law, and his commitment to the Constitution.
Judge Gorsuch was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Tenth Circuit in 2006 and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Of utmost importance in a Justice is the desire and the ability to apply the law as it was intended, not to legislate from the bench. So I was thrilled to hear him say, “A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge, stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands.”
Regarding the nomination of the present 'president' for the bench. I'm going to take a page from the GOP handbook here:
1. I think the people should decide who goes on the Supreme Court.
2. Your party has already established the precedent that only the next elected president can nominate said judge, I propose we table this nomination until the next election is decided, and that president can decide.
3. If you find that unacceptable, I will abide by your decision if, and only if, you will first consider, the previous nominee, Judge Garland.