I'd get rid of 6 US Supreme Court judges if I could: Bobby Jindal

  • PTI, Washington
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2015 13:50 IST

Annoyed with US Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and legalisation of same-sex marriages, the Indian American presidential candidate Bobby Jindal has said that if given a chance, he would toss out half-a-dozen judges of the apex court, including two nominated by former presidents George W Bush and Ronald Reagan.

The recent 5-4 ruling in favour of same-sex marriage and 6-3 ruling in favour of Obamacare subsidies have sparked a conservative backlash against the Supreme Court, including from Jindal, who said the court appears to be more interested in following public opinion polls than abiding by the Constitution.

Since announcing his candidacy in June, the 44-year-old Republican governor od Louisiana has suggested that the nation could save some money by shuttering the court.

"Hillary Clinton didn't like that answer," Jindal said at the Red State Gathering in Atlanta on Friday.

"She thought that was extreme, so I have a compromise: Instead of getting rid of the entire Supreme Court what if we got rid of about two-thirds of the Supreme Court," Jindal was quoted as saying by Washington Times.

"I mean there are three justices that got it right," he said. "I wouldn't mind keeping Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Antonio Scalia. It is the other six I wouldn't mind getting rid of," he added.

The six members he wants to remove include Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr, nominated by Bush, and Anthony M Kennedy, nominated by Reagan.

Roberts and Kennedy had ruled in favour of the Obamacare subsidies while the latter also voted for same-sex marriage ruling.

Obamacare, now a US law, aims to reform the American healthcare system.


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