"President Trump and I are absolutely convinced that Judge Kavanaugh is exactly the kind of jurist that the American people, in the majority, want to see."
What: Vice President Mike Pence was grilled in a CNN interview Tuesday on whether he and President Donald Trump are trying to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Pence repeatedly dodged the questions posed by interviewer Dana Bash. But along the way, he reaffirmed that he is still staunchly opposed to abortion. He also said the that administration would continue to advance an anti-aportion agenda and that Trump had full confidence in his new Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"What I can assure people that voted for us is that this will continue to be a pro-life administration," Pence said. "President Trump and I are absolutely convinced that Judge Kavanaugh is exactly the kind of jurist that the American people, in the majority, want to see."
Why: As Dash repeatedly pointed out, Pence and Trump both campaigned for the White House in 2016 with promises to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe, the 1973 decision guaranteeing abortion rights.
In a rally in Michigan, Pence assured voters that by the time Trump was done, Roe would be "consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs."
If Kavanaugh is confirmed to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who nonetheless defended Roe, many expect the vice president to be proved right.
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Pence was not shy about his stance on abortion: He doesn't like it.
"Well, Dana, as you know, I'm pro-life," he said. "I don't apologize for it, and I'm proud to be part of a pro-life administration that's advanced pro-life policies."
But with Kavanaugh still in need of confirmation from a Senate narrowly controlled by Republicans, Pence was careful to leave some room between his views and his support for Kavanaugh. He said that neither he nor Trump had spoken to the conservative judge about the issue, and that they just wanted him to "faithfully uphold the constitution.
When Dash asked if he still wants Roe to be overturned, Pence said, "Well, I do, but I haven't been nominated to the Supreme Court."