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Pence says ‘I do’ after being asked if he still wants to Roe v. Wade overturned

Vice President Mike Pence. (CRISTINA VEGA/AFP/Getty Images)

In what should be a surprise to no one, Vice President Mike Pence still wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned. Pence appeared Tuesday on CNN in an interview with Dana Bash to discuss President Trump having nominated Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. The conversation quickly turned to whether Kavanaugh would become the swing vote that results in Roe v. Wade being overturned after more than 45 years.

“I stand for the sanctity of life,” Pence said. “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.”

Bash then asked Pence point blank about whether he’d like to see the landmark ruling overturned, something he repeatedly said he wanted to happen during the 2016 race.

“I do,” Pence replied, ” but I haven’t been nominated to the Supreme Court.” On Tuesday, Pence accompanied Kavanaugh to Capitol Hill for a meeting with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

With the U.S. Supreme Court building in the background, Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prior to meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2018. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Bash previously asked Pence about Kavanaugh’s testimony during a Senate confirmation hearing 12 years ago in which he said he “would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully” and that the 1973 Supreme Court ruling is binding precedent,” and whether he was worried that Kavanaugh may not “follow through” the way some conservatives are hoping or expecting.

“What I can assure 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,” Pence said.

Watch the full interview, which touched on a number of topics including the separation of migrant families at the southern U.S. border, below.

Read the full story at CNN.

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