Neil Gorsuch on Supreme Court: 'Do you really want me to rule the country?'

Supreme Court Justice Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchLocked and Loaded: Supreme Court is ready for a showdown on the Second Amendment Justices weigh request for information on CIA's post-9/11 torture program Supreme Court declines to hear dispute over DC representation in Congress MORE responded to critics who might think that it is the job of judges to fix politics in an interview with CNN released Tuesday.

"Do you really want me to rule the country?" he asked.

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"It is a raucous republic and the battle of ideas is what our founders had in mind," he continued. What they didn't have in mind "was nine old people in Washington sitting in robes telling everybody else how to live."

Gorsuch was appointed by President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE in 2017 to fill the seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

He told CNN that he wants to continue Scalia's work by reinvigorating a judicial philosophy that looks to the original meaning of the Constitution.

Gorsuch said that his job is enforcing that approach "as faithfully and fearlessly" as possible. 

"The most vulnerable among us has the same rights as the richest and the most powerful," he added.

Gorsuch defended his strict adherence to the constitution, a position called originalism.

"I say the country is owned by We The People," he explained. "We wrote a Constitution, we put down what we wanted to put in it. We can amend it when we wish and it is not up to nine people to tell 330 million Americans how to live."

In his new book, "A Republic, If You Can Keep It," Gorsuch explains it another way: Under originalism a judge can't add or subtract rights "willy nilly."