Judge Amy Coney Barrett says that she is an "originalist" when it comes to interpreting the Constitution. At the second day of confirmation hearings on Tuesday, she explained what that means.
Barrett said being an originalist means that she interprets the US Constitution as a law and believes that the meaning of that law does not change over time.
"I interpret its text as text, and I understand it to have the meaning that it had at the time people ratified it. So that meaning doesn't change over time, and it's not up to me to update it or infuse my own policy views into it," she said.
Barrett said she shares this originalist philosophy with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who she worked for as a clerk.
"I would say that Justice Scalia was obviously a mentor and, as I said when I accepted the President's nomination, that his philosophy is mine, too," Barrett said.
"But I want to be careful to say that if I'm confirmed, you would not be getting Justice Scalia, you would be getting Justice Barrett," she added.
Watch the moment: