" With four of nine U.S. Supreme Court justices in their 70s and the next president in the position of possibly shaping the future of affirmative action, gay rights, abortions, and more with appointments he might make should any openings occur, the question of what kind of nominee he might put forth was posed to President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney in the CBS Local President Forum.
The exclusive CBS Local forum is posing 10 questions on vital issues to the candidates so people can learn more about the men, their policies and outlook for the nation.
Today: Picking the Supreme Court
“I will appoint judges who have outstanding qualifications and are of exemplary character,” answered Romney. “ My judicial nominees will exhibit a genuine appreciation for the text, structure, and history of our Constitution, will interpret the Constitution and the laws as they are written, and will possess a demonstrated record of adherence to these core principles. “
Obama appointed Justice Sonia Sotomayor – the first Latina to serve – and Justice Elena Kagan during his first term "
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