Appearing on CNN with Dana Bash, Vice President Mike Pence didn’t blink when Bash asked him bluntly whether he wanted Roe v. Wade to be overturned. Pence answered simply, “I do.”
Bash started the segment by asking about Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whom President Trump nominated for the Supreme Court on Monday. She queried, “Are you worried that he’s not going to follow what you want to do?”
Pence answered, “Well, Dana, as you know, I’m pro-life; I don’t apologize for it, and I’m proud to be part of a pro-life administration that’s advanced pro-life policies. But what I can assure you is that what the president was looking for here was a nominee who will respect the Constitution as written, who will faithfully uphold the Constitution in all of his interpretations of the law."
Bash pressed, “Do you still want Roe vs. Wade to be overturned?”
Pence pointed out, “I do, but I haven’t been nominated to the Supreme Court.”
Bash, determined to put some distance between Pence and the nominee, urged, “Right. But you’re part of an administration that campaigned, you and the president, saying you will find nominees to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Will you be disappointed if he is given that opportunity and he doesn’t? Will you be disappointed?”
Pence understood that the question was essentially irrelevant, replying, “Well, as I’ve said, I stand for the sanctity of life. This administration, this president, are pro-life. But what the American people ought to know is that, as the president said today, this is not an issue he discussed with Judge Kavanaugh; I didn’t discuss it with him either.”