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Supreme Court / Ginsburg Nom. #313744

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Nov 07, 1987
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(DC: Terence Smith) Withdrawal of nomination of Doug. Ginsburg to Supreme Court reported [GINSBURG - says he has asked President Reagan not to forward nomination to Supreme Court] Educ. Secretary William Bennett's call urging Ginsburg to step down because he used marijuana noted. Same advice said given by assistant Attorney General William Bradford Reynolds. [GINSBURG - says he supports anti-drug programs of President and Nancy Reagan and admits he made mistake.] [Senator Orrin HATCH - says aides at White House have no guts.] Stmt. by Reagan about Ginsburg's withdrawal and move toward next nominee quoted on screen.] [In Iowa, Vice President George BUSH - says we need to go ahead with new nomination] White House noted not assigning blame for failure of nominee this time.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Criticism of selection process by Congress reported Report introduced.

(DC: Rita Braver) Ginsburg said surprised by quick drop-off of administration support. [Harvard Law School Hal SCOTT - says there must be better process for evaluating Supreme Court justices.] Ginsburg nomination noted headed for defeat because of his participation in cable television case, his lack of legal experience, as well as the marijuana issue reported [Senator Edward KENNEDY - says Ginsburg lacked experience.] Charges that administration acted hastily in choosing Ginsburg reported [People for the American Way spokesperson Arthur KROPP - says Reagan rushed the process.] [Senator Robert DOLE - calls on administration to ask hard questions of next nominee.] Next possible candidate said possibly Anthony Kennedy, William Wilkins, Ralph Winter, Roger Miner or David Suther. White House and Justice Department officials said hoping to be united in their next choice.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) [Attorney General Edwin MEESE - says only Ginsburg knew about marijuana in his background; that he withdrew when he saw it would be in best interest of administration; denies lobbying Reagan for Ginsburg; maintains withdrawal was Ginsburg's own decision; states list of cands. will be presented to President; denies not supporting Kennedy.]

Braver, Rita;
Schieffer, Bob;
Smith, Terence

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