Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Judge Neil Gorsuch about his views on a series of well-known and far-reaching rulings, but Gorsuch wouldn’t offer his opinion, beyond saying they set important precedents.
“Precedent is kind of like our shared family history as judges,” he said. “It deserves our respect because it reflects our collective wisdom.”
What about Bush v. Gore, the decision that effectively decided the outcome of the 2000 presidential election?
“It’s a precedent of the United States Supreme Court,” Gorsuch said. He quipped that some people in the room might have strong opinions about that case.
And Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion rights decision?
“I would tell you that Roe versus Wade is a precedent of the United States Supreme Court. It has been reaffirmed,” he said.
Gorsuch added: “If I were so start telling you which are my favorite precedents … I would be tipping my hand and suggesting to litigants that I have already made up my mind about their cases.”