Patt Morrison for October 24, 2011

GOP candidates on judicial reform

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A marcher places a crown atop a statue of the Virgin Mary as she is carried in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during the March for Life on January 24, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, Michele Bachmann’s electric border fence – just a few solutions GOP presidential hopefuls have to fix the problems in America. Now, it’s time to add “judicial reform” to the list.

GOP candidates want to restructure the very system that granted Republican victories in Bush v. Gore and the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Although not a completely new idea, Rick Perry proposes term limits for Supreme Court justices and to grant Congress the authority to overrule on court hearings. Others, like Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, have a more radical approach, wanting to get rid of the left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals altogether. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul, on the other hand, want to bar the court from hearing cases involving abortion, same-sex marriage and other social issues.


We talk about reforming healthcare and taxes – is it also time to reform the judicial system? What steps need to take place in order for these changes to happen? How would you reform the judicial system? What are the consequences of limiting the third branch of government?


Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review; columnist at Bloomberg View

Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center

Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media & Democracy

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