October 3, 2005: Reaction to Bush’s High Court Nomination (AP)

  • “With no past judicial experience for the senators to consider, the burden will be on Miers to be forthright with the Senate and the American people. She must outline her judicial philosophy and provide direct answers to questions about how and whether she will uphold fundamental rights, liberties and legal protections on which Americans rely. … There must be no rush to judgment.” — Ralph G. Neas, president of People for the American Way, a liberal public advocacy group.
  • “We owe it to the American people to take our time to be sure the nominee will uphold their most basic and fundamental rights. The public demands this from the process, and deserve no less.” Sen. Barbara Mikulski , D-Md.
  • “The burden is on the Bush administration and Harriet Miers to prove to the American people that she will respect and protect our fundamental freedoms, including a woman’s right to choose. Miers does not appear to have a public record to assure America’s pro-choice majority that she is a moderate in the tradition of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was the critical swing vote that protected women’s reproductive health and freedom.” — Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • “While I am pleased the president has named a woman to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, it remains critically important that the Senate Judiciary Committee, and, indeed, the American people learn more about her positions on some of the most important issues facing our nation.” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein , D-Calif., the only woman on the Judiciary Committee.