John McCain on Crime

Republican nominee for President; Senior Senator (AZ)


Judges have limited scope under the Constitution

Why has the appointment of judges become such a flashpoint of controversy in the past twenty years or so? They should be people who respect the limited scope afforded Federal judges under the Constitution. They should be people who understand that the Founders’ concern about the expansive tendency of power extended to judicial power as well as to executive or legislative power. They should be people who are humbled by their role in our system, not emboldened by it. Our freedom is curtailed no less by an act of arbitrary judicial power as it is by an act of an arbitrary executive, or legislative, or state power. For that reason, a judge’s decisions must rest on more than his subjective conviction that he is right, or his eagerness to address a perceived social ill.

Chief Justice William Rehnquist had a profound understanding of the balance inherent in Federalism, between the states and the Federal governments, as well as between the three Federal branches--and he left us a strong legacy.

Source: Speech to The Federalist Society , Nov 16, 2006

More death penalty; stricter sentencing

Source: 2000 National Political Awareness Test , Jan 13, 2000

More community policing; enough hate crime laws

McCain agrees that funding should be increased for community policing programs. He says “increases should be implemented with state and local government commitments.” With regards to “hate crimes,” he says, “All but 13 states have hate crimes statutes. Federalizing all such crimes will simply obstruct justice by forcing them into clogged federal courts.”
Source: 2000 National Political Awareness Test , Jan 13, 2000

Prosecute youths as adults, but separately; explore sources