|00:00:00||I NOTED, BUT HE DID REFUSE TO EXPRESS A SIMPLE QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE CONSTITUTION PROHIBITS THE DEATH PENALTY.|
|00:00:10||WHEN THE ACLU, OF WHICH HE WAS A MEMBER AND LITIGATION COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, DEFINITELY FAVORED.|
|00:00:17||AND I DO BELIEVE THAT JUDGE PEARSON'S VIEW THAT SOMEHOW THERE SHOULD BE A BALANCING TEST ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD ACTUALLY SLAUGHTER A STEER BASED ON THE NEED FOR FOOD OR HIDE IS AN EXTREME VIEW ALSO.|
|00:00:33||AND I WOULD JUST SAY WE'VE HAD ABOUT 15 MEMBERS OF THE ACLU CONFIRMED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION, BUT WE EXPECT THIS PRESIDENT TO SUBMIT MAINSTREAM JUDGES.|
|00:00:44||THE ACLU IS NOT MAINSTREAM IN ITS POSITIONS, AND I DO BELIEVE THE ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A MORE CONTENTIOUS MATTER IF WE KEEP SEEING THE ACLU CHROMOSOME AS PART OF THIS PROCESS.|
|00:00:58||THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE SENATOR'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.|
|00:01:02||THE SENATOR FROM VERMONT.|
Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. President, Mr. Martinez, I know, has a lot of good supporters and friends, as I have noted. But he did refuse to answer a simple question of whether the U.S. Constitution prohibits the death penalty, which I believe the ACLU, of which he was a member and a member of the legal panel, definitely favored.
I do believe Judge Pearson's view that somehow there should be a balancing test about whether we should actually slaughter a steer based on the need for food or hide is an extreme view also.
We have had about 15 members of the ACLU confirmed by this administration. But we expect this President to submit mainstream judges. The ACLU is not mainstream in its positions. I do believe the administration needs to understand that this is going to be a more contentious matter if we keep seeing the ACLU chromosome as part of this process.