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tv   Vice President Pence at the Federalist Society  CSPAN  February 4, 2017 2:11pm-2:35pm EST

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to confirm a supreme court justice. 600 people were part of that survey conducted before president trump announced his pick for the supreme court. at the time nearly three quarters of democrats and republicans surveyed also believed the president's choice would have a significant impact on the country's future. you can read more about the results of the poll at while president trump spends his weekend -- vice president pence is visiting philadelphia. earlier, he shared one of his stops on twitter saying couldn't pass this close to the liberty bell without stopping by to see this symbol of american freedom for myself. shortly after that, the vice president made his way to an event hosted by the federalist society where he talked about supreme court nominee neil
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gorsuch. this is 20 minutes. [applause] thank you all. and thank you, gene, for your great leadership.
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give gene a round of applause. [applause] >> thank you for the warm introduction. to my friend leonard leo everybody, is in the house. ambassador gray, members of the federalist society honored guests, it's a privilege to be with you. it's a privilege to be with you here in this place. in congress hall. at such a time as this in the life of our nation. i bring you greetings and i'm here today on behalf of the president of the united states of america donald trump who appreciates -- [applause] >> -- the federalist society and all that it stands for. it's truly humbling to be in this position and to be in this place today.
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that we are endo youed do you -- endowed with the inalienable lights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. that principle is at the center of the american experience, and it will always be.
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[applause] >> the men who wrote these words will forever be honored. documents they drafted the declaration of independence. they signed it in 1776 is now synonymous with the free world. it's humbling to be so near to where they pledged to each other their lives, their foreigns. they were not finished with their noble work, were they? words of abraham lincoln, they created an apple of gold. now they needed a pitcher of silver to adurn and pre -- adorn and -- so it would be 11 years later, the summer of 1787, our
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founding fathers returned to independence hall. it became the framework of government to protect those timeless ideals, the ideals that -- as a nation. they gave us the constitution of the united states of america. [applause] >> it was, it is, and i believe it will forever be the greatest charter of liberty our world has ever seen. it's fostered our nation's unparalleled best. it is to this day the greatest bulwark in today's history. on january 20th, just over two weeks ago, president donald trump and i stood before the american people and before god and made solemn vows.
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i promised to support and defend the constitution. as did the president. i promise you we will keep that oath. [applause] people keep asking me what it was like up there on the stage. it was just very humbling. my grandfather came to this country from a little town in ireland, got on a boat, crossed the atlantic went to ellis island and took a train to chicago, illinois where he drove a bus for 40 years. he was the proudst man i ever knew. he had the courage to cross that ocean and it's why michael richard is now the vice president of the united states
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of america. it is -- knowing me as well as he did in more ways than one. [laughter] >> i found myself thinking upon that stage what the irish must be thinking. he was right. about me. he was right about america. anybody can be anybody because of the system of liberty that we enshrine in the constitution and the founding documents. [applause] >> that moment was made all the more special because of the man who who adminsterred my oath of
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office, justice clarence thomas. -- privileged to have a chance to get acquainted with a man of his conviction and his courage on the supreme court of the united states. i know everyone in this room holds justice thomas in the same high regard. not only that, we want to aid him in his lonely fight, his lonely fight too often on the supreme court, and we can do that best by giving justice clarence thomas another colleague on the bench who
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shares his colleague and his commitment to our nation's guiding documents and this we are doing. [applause] you know, the american people elected president trump i believe in significant part because of his vow to do just that to nominate someone to the supreme court in the mold of not only justice thomas but also of the late and great justice antonin scalia. [applause] >> earlier this week we were joined not only by our nominee and his wife but also by the widow of justice scalia and his son. justice antonin scalia's
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devotion to the constitution will be forever remembered by the people of the united states of america. [applause] but this was president trump's promise, and make no mistake about it, my friends in the federalist society, we're in the promise keeping business in washington d.c. now. before i say anything more it behooves us to say justice scalia's memory and honor. we all knew justice scalia. the federalist society actually owes him a great deal. justice scalia was one of its first faculty mentors in the early 1980s i'm told at the university of chicago. our country owes a great deal to him too. his incisive dissents and opinions will stand the test of time influencing future generations of lawyers through
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his wit and wisdom. america misses him greatly and i know we'll always cherish him in our hearts. would you mind getting to your feet and just showing how much we appreciate the life and work and memory of the late justice antonin scalia. [applause] i mentioned before that last week i had the great privilege to speak with the justice's widow, maurine. the president asked me to invite her to the white house for the announcement the next day. during the conversation i told her that president trump was
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about to nominate a worthy replacement for her husband and before i could go further she stopped me and said actually that's not how the president puts it. she said the president actually told me that no one can replace my husband. they can only succeed him. isn't that wonderful. and it's true. we all know why. and that's why president trump devoted so much energy to picking the best possible nominee. last year president trump took the unprecedented step of releasing a list of the 21 men and women he was considering for the supreme court. there was full transparency every step of the way unprecedented transparency in this process. each individual the president named shared several key qualifications. sterling academic credentials a brilliant legal mind, and unwaivering dedication to the
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constitution of the united states. a few days ago he nominated someone who fits this description to a tee judge neil m. gorsuch. he's a worthy successor to justice antonin scalia. i believe neil gorsuch will soon take his seat as an associate justice on the supreme court of the united states. [applause] when you get down to it, he's one of the most main stream respected and acceptionly equal -- exceptionally qualified supreme court nominees in american history. that was the conclusion of the
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american bar association in 2016. after president george w. bush nominated him to the tenth circuit court of appeals he received the highest possible recommendation from the aba. and the united states senate agreed. only two months after his nomination the senate confirmed him by a unanimous voice vote. and nearly a third of those senators on both sides of the aisle are still serving in the senate today. a unanimous vote. as president trump asked on tuesday, can you believe that? [laughter] >> oh, yes, you can. when you look at judge gorsuch's record ever since. he's established himself as a fair and impartial judge he's been faithful to the constitution. he's well known as a keen legal
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thinker and just as important a clear legal writer. it's evident to all that he's a man also of high character and keen legal courage, indispensable qualities for a jurist. there's been an amazing outpouring of support for those who know judge gorsuch and his work. the "wall street journal" praised him as a distinguished choice who will adhere to the original meaning of the constitution. and leonard leo who of course is here call him an exceptional jurist. by the way, leonard, let me say again how much i and the president appreciate your tireless work on behalf of our country and the constitution. we're grateful for all you have done. [applause] [applause]
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>> i should also note that judge gorsuch is so well liked that even those that disagree with him sing his praises. >> our constitutional order requires the rule of law without exception. we are after all a nation of laws. judge gorsuch firmly understands this. said on many occasions judges
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must apply the law as written without applying their own politics or personal feelings. he put it well tuesday saying in our legal order it's for congress and not the courts to write new laws. he added it's the role of judges to apply and not alter the work of the people's representatives. my favorite line is this one, quote, a judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands. i don't know about you. but that's my kind of supreme court justice. [applause] >> not just his words. judge gorsuch's record on the bench demonstrates his wisdom
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of -- if thank you read them all, and some have, an unmistakable picture emerges. he's around originalist and a texturalist who -- holding separation of powers and the checks and balances between the three branchs, he also defends the constitution's unique federalism and restricts the national government to this special and enumerated powers enzinned in the constitution while leaving to the states much more sizable control over their lives and destinies. these mechanism mechanisms so wisely designed by our founding fathers are a strong foundation for the protection of fundamental liberties. he's shown himself to be a true friend of our freedoms.
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it should be abundantly clear that -- antonin scalia. our constitution and our country will be stronger but we're not there yet. which is why i'm here. [laughter] >> first of course we must -- the morning after his nomination i escorted judge gorsuch to capitol hill for the first time. in just a few short days he's already met with 12 senators in both political parties and he's making himself available to meet with all 100 members of the senate if they're willing to meet with him. of course, several announced their opposition within minutes of his nomination and now they're even threatening to use the filibuster procedure in the senate to stop him. make no mistake about it, this would be an un-mize and unprecedented act. never before in the history of
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our country has an associate justice nominee to the supreme court faced a successful filibuster and judge neil m. gorsuch should not be the first. [applause] >> let me say, president trump and i have full confidence that judge gorsuch will be confirmed but rest assured, we will work with the senate leadership to ensure that judge gorsuch gets an up or down vote on the senate floor one way or the other. [applause] >> this seat does not belong to any party or ideology or interest group. this seat on the supreme court belongs to the american people, and the american people deserve
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a vote on the floor of the united states senate. [applause] >> my friends, this is a historic time for our country. we're ordinary reason the verge literally of reampling the supremacy of the constitution and our nation's supreme court. we're giving a new voice to the age-old vision of our founding fathers. we're rededicating ourselves and country to the timeless principles proclaimed only a few steps away from where we're standing right now. under president trump's leadership we're returning power to the american people, the rightful rulers of the greatest nation the world has ever known. we have much work to do, but i'm confident. the grace of god, we will accomplish the task before us. let me just close by saying thank you. thank you to all of you for your workmen and women of the law,
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participants in the federalist society, your own -- to the constitution of the united states and the way you live that out in your lives and careers. i must tell you it is inspiring to be with you today and i truly believe that for all our nation has accomplished over these last 241 years, i'm absolutely confident that as we keep faith with the ideals that were first minted just a few steps away from here in our founding documents, in that declaration and in that constitution, the best days for america are yet to come. thank you very much. god bless you. [applause]
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>> thank you so much mr. vice president. i want to give you some things as a token for our appreciation. we're very honored to have you, and thank you so much. >> thank you so much. >> i will be appearing on a talk -- television very soon. see if you notice anything. thank you very much. god bless you, gene. >> thank you. [applause]


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