Here is the Philly Inquirer story on the Specter press conference yesterday. It doesn’t mentionrelying on the AP version of the story, so one might assume that the paper interpreted this for themselves:
Specter, as presumptive chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, suggested that he would block any Bush nominee to the Supreme Court who opposed abortion rights. Reiterating his position that a woman’s right to choose is “inviolate,” he said overturning Roe v. Wade today would be akin to trying to reverse Brown v. Board of Education, the court’s 1954 landmark desegregation decision.
Barring unforeseen GOP objections, Specter, 74, should assume the committee chairmanship in January. He also sent an unsubtle message to the White House that he expects nominees for the federal bench to be of the highest caliber, and took a critical swipe at the stature of the current court.