On his campaign website, Mitt Romney promises that as president, he would “nominate judges in the mould of Chief Justice [John] Roberts.” But in an interview with CBS on Wednesday, he hit Roberts for being influenced by “political considerations” in his decision upholding the Affordable Care Act as constitutional.
In the wide-ranging interview with CBS’ Jan Crawford, Romney said Roberts’ decision, which upheld the individual mandate as a tax, wasn’t “accurate” or “appropriate.” Here’s the exchange:
Crawford: You say on your website that you would nominate justices in the mould of the Chief Justice, John Roberts. Now that he’s voted to uphold this law, would you still, knowing what we know now, nominate a justice like John Roberts?
Romney: Well, I certainly wouldn’t nominate someone who — I knew — was gonna come out with a decision I violently disagreed with or vehemently, rather, disagreed with. And he reached a conclusion I think that was — not accurate and not — an appropriate conclusion. But — that being said, he’s a very bright person. And I — I’d look for — individuals that have intelligence and believe in following the constitution.
Crawford is the CBS reporter that published a report on Sunday detailing how Roberts had indeed flipped at the last minute and changed his vote. That’s where Romney saw the “political considerations” enter into Roberts’ decision.
Romney: Well, it — it gives the impression that the decision was made not based upon constitutional — foundation but instead — political consideration about the — relationship between the branches of government. But we won’t really know the answers to those things until the justice himself speaks out — maybe some time in history.
Watch the portion of the interview below, courtesy of CBS:
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