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Gorsuch won’t offer specific thoughts Bush v. Gore and Roe v. Wade

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.”

Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings: Updates and analysis on the Supreme Court nominee
Gorsuch appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. (Michael Reynolds/EPA)

Judge Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge from Colorado, is on Capitol Hill today for confirmations hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch was nominated by President Trump to fill the seat left open by the death of Antonin Scalia and has broad support among Republicans.

It’s a chance for Senate Democrats to take a stand against the Trump administration, and express their anger that Republicans blocked a hearing for President Barack Obama’s selection for the seat, Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Monday is the beginning of four days of hearings. Follow along.