problem,” says Vincent Hutchings, a political science professor at the University of Michigan.
But on the Republican front, presumptive nominee Sen. John McCain may have risked his appeal to moderate Democrats and independents with a speech about judicial philosophy that he made at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Tuesday. The senator vowed to appoint conservative judges who would be “strictly faithful” to the Constitution. He cited Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito as examples of the types of judges he would appoint and used the speech to target both Obama and Clinton on this issue.
“Here, too, Sens. Obama and Clinton have very different ideas from my own. They are both lawyers themselves, and don’t seem to mind at all when fundamental questions of social policy are preemptively decided by judges instead of by the people and their elected representatives,” McCain said.