Video: Faith and politics

msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 4/28/2005 9:49:27 PM ET 2005-04-29T01:49:27

President Bush said Thursday that his stalled judicial nominees deserve an “up-or-down vote,” but declined to throw his lot in with conservative Christians who have called Democratic tactics a “filibuster against people of faith.”

“I think people are opposing my nominees because they don’t like the judicial philosophy of the people I’ve nominated,” he said at a White House news conference. “... I don’t ascribe a person’s opposing my nominations to an issue of faith.”

But he insisted that his nominees deserve an up-or-down vote in the Senate and said those votes are being unfairly blocked by some who want judges to “legislate from the bench.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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