Supreme Court Nomination Announcement

President Bush, speaking outside his vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine, announced his nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge… read more

President Bush, speaking outside his vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine, announced his nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. Judge Thomas would replace Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who announced his retirement due to failing health on June 27, 1991. Judge Thomas would be the second black judge on the Supreme Court following Judge Marshall. President Bush lauded Judge Thomas' judicial record, and denied having made the nomination on the basis of race alone. He said he did not feel there should be a black seat or an ethnic seat on the Supreme Court, but said if Judge Thomas is credited for having beaten tough odds for being a minority in the U.S., “So much the better.” Judge Thomas thanked his grandparents and teachers for having instilled a determination in him to make something of himself, and said he would disagree with criticism claiming he was nominated solely because of his race, but he would have to live with it. After the announcement, President Bush answered questions from reporters on various issues facing the U.S. close

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Supreme Court Nomination Announcement

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Program ID:
18649-1
Category:
White House Event
Format:
News Conference
Location:
Kennebunkport, Maine, United States
First Aired:
Jul 1, 1991
Last Aired:
Dec 18, 1999

Airing Details

  • Jul 01, 1991 | 2:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 01, 1991 | 6:23pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 01, 1991 | 10:18pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 02, 1991 | 1:09am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 02, 1991 | 5:10am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 02, 1991 | 7:08am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 06, 1991 | 12:35pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 06, 1991 | 5:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 07, 1991 | 10:40am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 16, 1999 | 6:38pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 18, 1999 | 5:51am EST | C-SPAN 1
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