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Excerpt: Alito details views in 1985 job application

In 1985, Samuel Alito sought to become Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. Aligning himself with President Reagan's administration, Alito touted his Republican credentials and conservative views, including that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion."

The job application -- including the excerpt below -- has become a subject of controversy 20 years later, with President Bush having nominated Alito to be a Supreme Court justice. This letter was part of a newly released set of documents from his federal government service.

Source: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

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