Chairman John Podesta. (AP)
(CNSNews.com) – Augie Ribeiro, an attorney and volunteer for the Clinton campaign, sent campaign chairman John Podesta a fundraising pitch idea saying, “If Hillary Clinton is elected President in 2016, and is able to replace Ginsberg, Breyer, and either Kennedy or Scalia, she will lock in a very young liberal court for many decades to come.” Podesta praised the messaging and said he would show it to others in the campaign.
“The next President of the United States will change the future of the Supreme Court for generations,” Ribeiro wrote to Podesta and other members of the Clinton campaign in May 2015. “By the middle of the next President's term, there will be four Supreme Court justices in their 80s.”
“This new Court would surely cement the Roe v. Wade decision,” the pitch emphasized, “and reverse this Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United which allows big corporations and billionaires to lurk in the shadows, and influence legislation by allowing for limitless political contributions.”
If you have no other political agenda but to protect our civil liberties, like a woman's right to choose,” Ribeiro wrote, “or if you believe that we should not allow big corporations and billionaires to have limitless influence on our government, then GIVE NOW.”
“This is great. I'll share with others in the campaign. Thx,” Podesta replied.
Clinton spoke briefly about the importance of the Supreme Court in the third presidential debate last week, saying it should “represent all of us.”
“I have major disagreements with my opponent about these issues and others that will be before the Supreme Court. But I feel that at this point in our country's history, it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, that we not reverse Roe v. Wade, that we stand up against Citizens United, we stand up for the rights of people in the workplace, that we stand up and basically say, the Supreme Court should represent all of us,” Clinton said.
“That's how I see the court,” she added. “And the kind of people that I would be looking to nominate to the court would be in the great tradition of standing up to the powerful, standing up on behalf of our rights as Americans. And I look forward to having that opportunity.”