Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Alito Distancing Himself From Views on Abortion in '85 Letter

Alito: "No no, it's okay, 'guys'. I just lie on resumes.

In meetings with Democratic senators, Alito suggested that his comments in a 1985 job-application letter do not necessarily indicate how he might rule on sensitive cases. In successfully seeking a promotion in the Reagan administration's Justice Department, Alito wrote that he was "particularly proud'' of contributing to cases arguing "that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion.'' He added, "I personally believe very strongly" in such positions.

"He said, first of all, it was different then," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told reporters after meeting with Alito. "He said, 'I was an advocate seeking a job, it was a political job, and that was 1985.

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