What Would Reagan Do? MoveOn.Org Video Suggests He Would Support Obama Choosing Scalia Replacement

  • by: Alan Duke

A new ad by the liberal group MoveOn.Org that features video of President Ronald Reagan urging the senate to confirm his choice of Anthony Kennedy for a Supreme Court vacancy.

"The time is now right... to join together in a bipartisan effort to fulfill our constitutional obligation of restoring the United States Supreme Court to full strength," Reagan said.

The ad titled "1988" is intended to support arguments against delaying confirmation of a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia until a new president is chosen. But it bends the calendar a bit to make the point since Reagan made his remarks on November 12, 1987. It also ignores that Kennedy was Reagan's third choice. Robert Bork was rejected by the Democratic-controlled senate and Douglas Ginsberg withdrew from consideration after his marijuana use was revealed.

But the MoveOn.org ad does make the point that Sen. Mitch McConnell, who now leads the senate, voted on February 3, 1988 -- an election year -- to confirm Justice Kennedy.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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