Bill Clinton: Look beyond judges for Supreme Court nomination
Former President Bill Clinton hopes that President Barack Obama will expand his search for a new Supreme Court Justice to those that haven’t been a judge.
“The important thing, you think they are smart, competent and understand the lives of ordinary people,” Clinton told ABC’s Jake Tapper.
“One thing I think you should think about is, we’ve gotten — have we gone too far in this process, that, assuming only judges can be elected, that somehow you’re not qualified if you weren’t a judge. Some of the best justices in the Supreme Court in history have been non-judges,” said Clinton.
Bill Clinton doesn’t consider himself or his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, suitable choices for the high court.
“I’m already 63 years old. I hope I live to be 90. I hope I’m just as healthy as Justice Stevens is but it’s not predictable. I would like to see him put someone in their late 40’s or early 50’s on the court, and someone with, you know, a lot of energy for the job,” Clinton explained.
Clinton says there was a time that his wife would have liked to serve as a Justice but that time has passed.
“Oh, she would be great at it but — and I think at one point in her life she might have been interested in it. But she’s like me, you know, we are kind of doers, we like to be out there doing things, rowing our own boat, and making changes we can see happen. And again, I think if she were asked, she would advise the president to appoint someone 10, 15 years younger,” he said.
This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast April 18, 2010.