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Fred Thompson on the Supreme Court


In this 15-minute video interview with the Hoover Institution’s (and The Corner’s) Peter Robinson about why he’s running for president, Fred Thompson discusses the Supreme Court for about two minutes (from around 10:00 to 12:00 on the video clock).  Here’s my best quick effort at transcribing the relevant portions:


Which justices does he most admire besides Chief Justice Roberts (whom he shepherded around the Senate)?:  “I admire Scalia, Thomas, Alito and from time to time, on occasion, there’s another one or two I admire.”


Which Supreme Court decision since your law degree in 1967 has done the greatest disservice to the nation?  “I suppose that, overall, I’d have to say Roe versus Wade.”


Do you agree with Giuliani that it’s okay to appoint justices who would go either way on Roe?  “No.  Roe was fabricated out of whole cloth….  I think it represents a bigger problem with the federal judiciary and that is that there are too many people who get up and decide one day that they want to change social policy in this country…  it was not only bad law but bad medicine… thwarting the notion of federalism.” 


So it’s your position that Roe should be overturned and abortion policy returned to the states?  “Yes.”


Fine answers.

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