Trent Lott: 'Not comfortable' with Miers' nomination
Lott: 'Not comfortable' with Miers' nomination
Miss. Senator says he'll need more information before
Updated: 11:34 a.m. ET Oct. 5, 2005
Add Senator Trent Lott (R-Miss.) to the list of
Republicans not entirely pleased with President Bush's
nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
Lott, appearing on MSNBC-TV on Wednesday morning, told
anchor Randy Meier that wants more information about
"I need to know a lot more about her, her experience
and her level of competence and what is her
philosophy. I really don't know this lady and I do
think I owe it to my constituents and to my own
conscience to do due diligence and find out actually
who this person is," he said.
His first impression, however, was not a positive one.
"I don't just automatically salute or take a deep bow
anytime a nominee is sent up," he said. "I have to
find out who these people are, and right now, I'm not
satisfied with what I know. I'm not comfortable with
the nomination, so we'll just have to work through the
process in due time."
Lott said while Miers may be qualified, she is
"clearly" not the most qualified person for the job.
"There are a lot more people - men, women and
minorities - that are more qualified in my opinion by
their experience than she is," he said.
With all that in mind, Lott said he isn't ready to
take President Bush's suggestion that she has the same
judicial philosophy as he does.
"I have a lot of confidence in this president. I do
think he has picked some really good nominees and like
all of us, we make mistakes now and then, and it's our
responsibility under the constitution in the Senate to
review this nominee," Lott said.
"He's not the nominee, and it's not enough to just say