Thursday, September 29, 2005

''Dean Statement on Senate Vote on Judge Roberts''

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean today issued the following statement on the Senate vote to approve John Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court:

"Despite his refusal to answer basic questions about his views and record, John Roberts is set to begin his lifetime appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Sadly, the White House stonewall means that Americans simply do not know what type of Chief Justice John Roberts will be, and must now cross their fingers and hope that Roberts will interpret the Constitution to protect the rights and freedoms of every American.

"When President Bush makes his next Supreme Court nomination, he owes the American people better than the obstruction, distortion and delay his Administration employed to win Roberts' approval. Whoever replaces Justice O'Connor will be the crucial swing vote on a wide variety of issues the Court will face in the coming decades. The American people should not have to cross their fingers and hope once again that the next Supreme Court justice will be committed to upholding their rights and freedoms.

"Democrats are committed to standing up for what we believe and will fight any nominee whose views fall outside of the mainstream, who is not qualified to sit on our nation's highest court and who refuses to provide honest and straightforward answers about their record and views."-from the DNC.

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