Editor’s note: Each week, WorldNetDaily White House correspondent Les Kinsolving asks the tough questions almost no one else will ask. And each week, WorldNetDaily brings you the transcripts of those dialogues with the president and his spokesman.
At today’s White House news briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Scott McClellan about the landmark Supreme Court decision yesterday allowing local government to seize a home or business against the owner’s will for the purpose of private development.
McClellan’s first statement on the issue came in response to KGO radio reporter Sarah Scott.
KGO: Scott, does the president plan to introduce legislation to counter the Supreme Court’s decision on eminent domain? Isn’t a man’s home his castle?
McCLELLAN: First of all, on the Supreme Court decision from yesterday, we were not a party to that case. The president has always been a strong supporter of private property rights. Obviously, we have to respect the decisions of the Supreme Court, and we do.
Later in the briefing, WND asked McClellan:
WND: Suppose McLennan County, Texas, decides that a center for slot machines would bring in much more revenue than the Bush ranch. Would the president try to fight the eminent domain, as now legalized by five members of the Supreme Court, by means of the Aderholt-Shelby bill, or how?
McCLELLAN: You know, I don’t know of any attempt by McLennan County to do such a thing, first of all. And, second of all, if they did, it’s a matter for McLennan County to deal with. But I know of no such effort.
WND: He would fight it, wouldn’t he?
McCLELLAN: Les, I think the president has made his views clear when it comes to private property rights. In terms of Supreme Court decisions, we obviously have to respect the decisions of the Supreme Court.
WND: Does the president feel as strongly about that lady in New London, Conn., who will be forced out of her home where she was born and has lived for 87 years [as a result of the high-court decision], does he feel as strong as Justice O’Connor feels, and does he believe this decision will help with his nomination of new justices?
McCLELLAN: Les, we just haven’t talked about it, but the president is always concerned about the American people and their well being.
WND: He really is concerned about this lady, isn’t he?
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