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Pence: 'I do' still want Roe v. Wade overturned

Pence: 'I do' still want Roe v. Wade overturned
© Greg Nash

Vice President Pence said Tuesday that he would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, but denied that Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court to achieve that goal.

“What the president was looking for here was a nominee who will respect the Constitution as written, who will faithfully uphold the Constitution in all of his interpretations of the law,” Pence said in an interview with CNN.

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When asked if he still wants Roe v. Wade to be overturned, Pence said, "Well, I do, but I haven’t been nominated to the Supreme Court."

Pence didn’t directly respond when asked if he would be disappointed if Kavanaugh does not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion.

While Pence is adamantly against abortion, he added that neither he nor Trump discussed the case with Kavanaugh during the interview process.

However, he stressed that the Trump administration remains anti-abortion.

“The president believes that the proper consideration for a nominee to the court is not about litmus tests,” Pence said. “Frankly, we’ve seen enough of litmus tests over the decades. What we don’t want is people to go to the courts with a specific objective or policy criteria.”

Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh set off a bitter partisan fight. Republicans largely rallied around the nominee and called for Kavanaugh to receive a prompt confirmation vote.

Democrats, meanwhile, have ramped up their concerns that Kavanaugh will likely vote to restrict reproductive rights, based on his past writings.