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Mitt Romney


I recently had the pleasure of being part of a small group that met for two hours with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  Romney was very impressive.  The discussion covered a broad range of topics, but I’ll confine my comments here to matters bearing on judicial nominations.  First, I have the strong impression that Romney fully understands the need for judges to practice judicial restraint.  Second, Romney’s account of his evolution to pro-life policy views struck me as sincere and genuine.  I therefore have good reason to hope that a President Romney would appoint justices who would recognize the limited (but important) role that the judiciary plays in our system of government and who would, among other things, help to restore abortion policy to the democratic processes.  (I do not mean by this post to compare Romney’s views to those of other presidential contenders.  Among other things, I have not had similar meetings with others.)

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