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White House Press Briefing

White House, April 23, 2003
Press Briefing (excerpt)

Q: Ari, you said the President doesnít comment on Supreme Court cases, but he did weigh in on the Michigan affirmative action case. I mean, is this Texas sodomy law too much of a hot potato with the Republican base, the President doesnítóor the administration doesnít want to weigh in?

MR. FLEISCHER: Thatís why I said the President typically doesnít. I think that what you saw on that case with the affirmative action in the Michigan case, the President held a news conference, addressed it, gave a speech about it. But thatís a very, very rare event. Typically, the Supreme Court cases are things that happen scores of times a year without the Presidentís participation.

Q: How does he respond to criticism from gay groups, Democrats, that Senator Santorumís comments are another example of the Republican Party being intolerant, lack of diversity? Is this hurting the Presidentís attempt to fashion a more inclusive, compassionate party?

MR. FLEISCHER: No, I addressed it earlier.


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