Mitt Romney on Supreme Court Justices
Governor Romney has stated that he would appoint judges that follow the constitution and do not make laws from the bench. He asserts that he would support a judge like John Roberts, Samuel Alito, or Anthony Scalia. Governor Romney opposed the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the supreme court.
On January 30, 2008 Governor Romney participated in the Presidential debate in California. He stated during that debate that he approved of justices that followed the Constitution.
MR. ROMNEY: I would approve justices -- I would have favored justices like Roberts and Alito, Scalia and Thomas. I like justices that follow the Constitution, do not make law from the bench. I would have much rather had a justice of that nature.
Reaction to Justice Sonia Sotomayor Nomination
In May of 2009, Governor Romney issued a statement noting his opposition to the nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the supreme court.
The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is troubling. Her public statements make it clear she has an expansive view of the role of the judiciary. Historically, the Court is where judges interpret the Constitution and apply the law. It should never be the place "where policy is made," as Judge Sotomayor has said. Like any nominee, she deserves a fair and thorough hearing. What the American public deserves is a judge who will put the law above her own personal political philosophy.
In December of 2011, Governor Romney participated in a forum hosted by Governor Mitt Romney. He speaks about his support for the appointment of strict constitutionalists to the bench.