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Debate Round III: Where the candidates stand on the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, left, stands with Chief Justice John Roberts as they pose outside for photos following an investiture ceremony with his colleagues on the high court, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, in Washington. (J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE / AP)
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, left, stands with Chief Justice John Roberts as they pose outside for photos following an investiture ceremony with his colleagues on the high court, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, in Washington. (J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE / AP)
From staff reports

Six topics were chosen by moderator Chris Wallace for the third and final presidential debate. The 90-minute event will be divided into six 15-minute segments, with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump speaking on the topics. Here’s where the two candidates stand on the Supreme Court, based on their previous statements.

Supreme Court

Clinton: Clinton has condemned the Senate for not moving forward on President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, but she has not promised to stick with him if she wins and the vacancy still exists on inauguration day. Some have speculated that she would be pressured from liberals to choose someone more liberal than Garland, who had been described as the most moderate nominee a Democrat might consider. She has said she wants judges who support abortion rights and would overturn the Citizens United case.

Trump: Trump’s promise to appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court has helped him hold support from many social conservatives concerned about Trump’s behavior as well as many of his other positions. He took the unusual step in May of releasing a list of 11 people he would vet to make his Supreme Court appointments. Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, predicted that if Trump wins and makes appointments to the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade would be overturned.

Source: The Washington Post and previous reports

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