INDIANAPOLIS, IND.—GOP presumptive nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) on Tuesday offered a sampling of how a general election presidential race with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as the Democratic nominee would look.
McCain during a speech on judicial appointments at Wake Forest University at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, noted that Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) “have very different ideas from my own” going on to assert they would appoint only “elite” judicial activists to the courts.
McCain needs to shore up his own conservative credentials with the Republican base, since he was part of the Democratic/GOP “gang of 14” senators who banded together to find a compromise in 2005 to break a Democratic filibuster threat over President Bush’s judicial appointments.
McCain mentioned that Obama had taught law, was a “lecturer,” a reference to Obama’s teaching at the University of Chicago, and noted that Obama was one of 22 senators to vote against confirming John Roberts, the chief justice of Supreme Court.
He quoted from Obama—that Supreme Court cases should be decided on “values” and “core concerns” and depth of “empathy.”
By Obama’s standards, McCain said, Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito “did not measure up.”