Florida senator and GOP presidential candidate, Marc Rubio, at a forum in West Columbia Friday said if he is elected president he would select judges who will uphold the law, not try to change policies based on their beliefs. “The fundamental question when appointing someone to the Supreme Court, and quite frankly any federal appellate court, is what they believe about the Constitution,” Rubio said.
Rubio told the crowd that federal judges need to understand that their personal beliefs on cases are not to be part of their decision. “Your job as a trier of law was not to determine what the law should be. If you want to determine what the law should be you’ve got to run for congress or the state legislature,” said Rubio.
Rubio said some Supreme Court judges in recent decisions did not uphold the constitution and they made decisions on what they wanted it to be. “This is what we want the law to be, and our job is figure out how to manipulate the Constitution,” Rubio told the crowd.
Rubio was at the forum hosted by fellow Republican, state Attorney General Alan Wilson and sponsored by the Conservative Leadership Project.
Rubio was on a two day sweep of South Carolina last week.