Mitt Romney had a sit-down with the Portsmouth Herald editorial board in New Hampshire today. He covered a wide variety of topics including social issues, health care, capital punishment, energy policy, and more:
Romney presents presidential plans at Portsmouth meeting
By Deborah Mcdermott
November 3, 2011
PORTSMOUTH — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said if he had the opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court justice he or she would be in the mold of Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts.
“Their approach is the approach I would encourage,” he said. “I would try to find those who would follow the Constitution.”
The U.S. Supreme Court should not create law through its rulings, but should confine itself to interpreting the Constitution, Romney told the Portsmouth Herald editorial board Thursday.
“There are two very different approaches to the Supreme Court. There are those who feel the Constitution is a starting point, with justices saying, ‘We should go here with that thinking.’ You see this in the activist courts,” he said. “Others say the Constitution is not a launching point, but a beginning and ending point. I follow the second camp.”
Romney said justices should not make their own determination about what is wrong with a law or with the Constitution. That should be left to lawmakers or to a Constitutional amendment.
Governor Romney was asked why he wanted to be President:
“On a personal basis, I wouldn’t,” he said, adding that at the end of the 2008 Primary election when he lost to Sen. John McCain, “my wife and I decided I would not run again.”
But after seeing what he said is “an exceptional nation headed in a direction that imperils our future,” his wife had a change of heart — “even before I did.”
“She said, ‘Mitt, you have to get in and do it again.’ And because I love this country, and I’m concerned about my kids and my grandkids, I said, OK,” he said.
For a synopsis of Romney’s take on federal debt, capital punishment, Social Security reform, health care, energy policy, social issues, and education, continue reading here.
ABC posted this next video portion of Romney’s interview. He references his book ‘No Apology’, defends his consistency on the issues, e.g., same-sex marriage and global warming. He knows it’s political season and that those playing the ‘gotcha’ game are looking for any little variance in the words he uses to explain policy:
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► Jayde Wyatt