Sen. Kennedy on Supreme Court Nominees 1967 vs. 2005

Senator Ted Kennedy – 1967 Debate over nomination of Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court:

“We have to respect that any nominee to the Supreme Court would have to defer any comments on any matters, which are either before the court or very likely to be before the court,” Kennedy said during a 1967 press conference. “This has been a procedure which has been followed in the past and is one which I think is based upon sound legal precedent.”

Senator Ted Kennedy – 2005 Debate over nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court:

Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts “will be expected to answer fully” any questions about his views on controversial issues that could come before the court in the future, according to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).

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