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

Supreme Court Justice Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchProtesters roll out a screen playing Blasey Ford's testimony ahead of Federalist Society dinner Kavanaugh to deliver major speech to conservative Federalist Society McConnell protege emerges as Kentucky's next rising star 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 John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' 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."