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Chris Matthews 5

“The fact is we have the most conservative court since the early 1930s and maybe more conservative than that. These justices, led by Scalia, believe in original intent. They want to judge cases the way the Founding Fathers would. Well, the Founding Fathers, need I remind us all, wrote slavery into the Constitution. It took a civil war and the 13th Amendment to get it out.”

Maxine Waters 2

“Where this ‘Obamacare’ [nickname] came from and this constitutional argument came from, I think was not borne out of a concern about whether or not people had health care, but because a decision was made to attack whatever this president does.”

Nancy Pelosi 4

“Let’s hope and pray that the court will love the Constitution more than it loves broccoli.”

Nancy Pelosi 4

“I think we are ironclad on the constitutionality of the [Obamacare] bill. We believe in the Constitution. We believe in judicial review.”

Ashley Judd

“I think that [Obama] is a powerful leader. I think he’s a brilliant man. I think that he has an incredible devotion to our constitution, and that he is now able to flower more as the president I knew he could be.”

Kathy Hochul

“Well, basically, we’re not looking to the Constitution on that aspect of it.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“I would not look to the US constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had an independent judiciary… It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done. Much more recent than the US constitution – Canada has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It dates from 1982. You would almost certainly look at the European Convention on Human Rights. Yes, why not take advantage of what there is elsewhere in the world?”

Bill Clinton

“People are living longer, they are developing greater capacities, so I’ve always thought that should be the rule [that President’s can serve more than two terms], not to affect me or anyone that’s served, but going forward.”