Independence doesn't mean you decide the way you want.
Judges are appointed often through the political process.
Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts.
Nobody wants a judge to be subject to the political whim of the moment.
It doesn't help to fight crime to put people in prison who are innocent.
Every citizen has to figure out what kind of government he or she wants.
But once the person is selected, at that point that person is independent.
It's important to every American that the law protect his or her basic liberty.
Ultimately, the question of campaign contributions will be decided by the public.
And in that confirmation process, I sat for 17 hours in front of a senate judiciary committee.