July 12, 2018
While the country tries to get to the bottom of Brett Kavanaugh's pro-life views, they don't have to guess about someone else's: Vice President Mike Pence. On a tour of the major media networks to reassure conservatives about the president's Supreme Court pick, America's second-in-command left little doubt about what he would do in the justice's shoes.
"I stand for the sanctity of life. This administration, this President are pro-life, but what the American people ought to know is that, as the President said today, this is not an issue he discussed with Judge Kavanaugh. [And] I didn't discuss it with him either." Of course, in many ways, it's not a topic either leader needed to discuss with Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement. President Trump said repeatedly -- over the course of the campaign and after -- "I'm pro-life. The judges will be pro-life."
And he pre-released his list of nominees to prove it. Conservatives had months to evaluate the possibilities for Supreme Court, thanks to the first-ever decision by a presidential candidate to reveal his SCOTUS roster in advance. Several organizations and serious constitutional scholars had a chance to comb through the backgrounds of the more than two dozen men and women before it was even announced. If they had concerns about anyone, I guarantee they would have been communicated to the White House and removed.
In the meantime, Vice President Pence's posture hasn't changed. Asked if he'd like to see the horrific 1973 ruling overturned, he told CNN, "I do, but I haven't been nominated to the Supreme Court."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.