A group of conservative leaders has signed a letter pledging to back Republican senators in their effort to prevent President Barack Obama from naming another liberal justice to the Supreme Court.
was sent by the Conservative Action Project and signed by more than 100 people, including Edwin Meese, former Attorney General to President Ronald Reagan, and Becky Norton Dunlop, who chairs CAP and is a former Reagan adviser.
The letter is aimed at letting senators know that they stand behind them as they face intense pressure to confirm a nominee before Obama leaves office.
Senate Democrats already have put political pressure on Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa, who is in charge of whether confirmation hearings will be held, Roll Call notes.
Grassley, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans have said they believe the vacancy should not be filled until voters choose a new president.
The letter voices agreement with that sentiment.
The death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13 left a vacancy that would cause a shift in the balance of the court if Obama names a liberal justice to replace him.
"Let there be no mistake about it: President Obama will nominate a liberal to this vacancy," the letter reads. "Press leaks about potential 'moderate' candidates should be interpreted as simply misdirection from the White House."
The goal of Obama and his fellow Democrats is to change the country by quashing political speech and gun rights as well as imposing abortion up to the point of birth funded by taxpayer dollars, they say.
"We are committed to acting with the same unity the GOP Senate has demonstrated to date in order to bring these issues to the forefront, to make clear to the American people what is at stake and to rally our fellow citizens to the cause of saving the Constitution," the letter says.
Signers include Gary L. Bauer, president of American Values, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, former Majority Leader Tom DeLay, radio broadcaster James Dobson, Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots, David Bossie of Citizens United, Brent Bozell of Media Research Center and former congressmen Bob McEwen of Ohio and David McIntosh of Indiana.
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