Clinton: ‘I have a bunch of litmus tests’ for Supreme Court nominees

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Presidential contender Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders takes different position on superdelegates than he did in 2008 Libertarian Party eyes 2016 as breakthrough year Poll: Military voters prefer Trump over Clinton MORE says there are a host of issues that her potential Supreme Court nominees would have to agree on before she’d be willing to appoint them to the nation's highest court.

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Speaking at a Democratic presidential forum on Wednesday night, a person in the crowd asked Clinton whether she would impose a “litmus test” upon potential Supreme Court justices other than on the issue of being pro-abortion.

“I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests, because the next president could get as many as three appointments,” the former first lady responded. “It’s one of the many reasons why we can’t turn the White House over to the Republicans again.”

Clinton said her potential appointments would have to support the Voting Rights Act, parts of which were invalidated by the current group of justices.

She also said potential nominees would have to believe that money does not equal speech, which led to the landmark Citizens United decision that paved the way for super-PACs.

“I’m looking for people who understand the way the real world works,” Clinton said. “Who don’t have a knee-jerk reaction to support business, to support the idea that you know, money is speech, that gutted the Voting Rights Act.”

And she said a potential nominee would have to be committed to ending discrimination against the gay community and preserving a women's right to abortion.

“We have to preserve marriage equality,” Clinton said. “We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community, we’ve got to make sure to preserve Roe V. Wade, not let it be nibbled away or repealed.”

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