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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Mc Connell on Kavanaugh  CSPAN  July 10, 2018 8:16pm-8:26pm EDT

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most deserving nominee of the supreme court of the united states. we are honored to bring him here and begin the important work the senate will do to consider this man. >> thank you. >> thank you everyone. thank you everyone. >> members of the senate discuss the nomination of brett kavanaugh to the supreme court. here's some of the floor debate beginning with mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer who has announced his opposition to the nomination. >> president trump has made a
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superb selection to serve as associate justice of the supreme court of the united states. judge brett kavanaugh of the d.c. circuit. judge kavanaugh has an impressive resume, outstanding legal mind and exemplary judicial temperament. he served 12 years on the nation's most consequential circuit court. during that time he has been a thorough and thoughtful jurist. the portly, the record demonstrates an understanding of a judge is proper role in our constitutional. he understands that in the united states of america, judges are not on elected super legislators whom we select for their personal views or policy preferences. the duty is to interpret the plain meaning of our laws and our constitution according to how they are written.
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judges need to be on bias. they need to treat all parties fairly, they need to approach every case with open ears and an open mind. judges decisions must be on the facts of each case and be based that it is their job to interpret. by all accounts judge kavanaugh is precisely that kind of judge. his resume is top-notch. a bachelors degree from yale with honors, law degree from you where he was a member of the law review. he was a position in the law school which she was appointed by the dean and now justice elena kagan. after graduating he built a reputation as a star law clerk including on the supreme court. for justice kennedy. as an energetic and talented
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public servant and as a preeminent legal mind of his generation, and oh six the senate confirmed him to the d.c. circuit. he has compiled a record on the federal bunch and earn considerable praise for his writing and reasoning. so he has built a long and distinguished record. he paints a clear picture of how he would conduct himself as a member of the nation's highest court. it reflects a clear understanding that judges must interpret laws as they are written. we do not choose them to pick favors her craft novel legislation. some of our colleagues and others on the left seem to see the role differently. president obama summed up the alternate view well when he was running for president.
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he explained that he sought to appoint judges who harbored particular empathy for certain parties in certain cases. well that's great if you happen to be the party in the case with whom the judge likes. not so great if you're the other guy. it does not allow the nations historical understanding of the rule of law or the role that federal courts play in our democracy. so, i would respectfully submit that and now that some of our democratic colleagues seem to be a little confused. they're confusing the nature of a political office with a nature of a judicial office. this would explain why some of our colleagues are eager to turn judicial confirmations into political elections. to grill judge kavanaugh policy
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outcome like voters rightly grill all of us when we run for our seats in the senate. some senators would he the demands of the far left special interest group and tried to force judge kavanaugh to talk about what he would do in hypothetical cases. forget that the cases do not exist yet. forget the absence of any facts, legal arguments, or research. forget how inappropriate and undesirable it would be for a judge to predetermine a ruling before either side uttered a single word. that is simply not how the process has ever worked or ever could work. i am not the one saying this.
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here's what they said on this very subject. >> they can offer no forecast, no hands. that was show not only a disregard for the specifics it would show disdain for the entire process. then the d.c. circuit court judge and current supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg, during her senate confirmation in 1993. i think we should all remember that stander. were evaluating a judge not looking at some of her political office.
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even more regrettably, a number of our colleagues couldn't wait before launching an attack on his nominee. this was in some cases a fill in the blank opposition. they wrote statements of opposition only to fill in the name later. sadly, this is not a new approach for the far left special interest group. just like last year, they met with partisan opposition before the ink was dry on the nomination. i'm sorry to say that he seems to have broken that record. senate democrats were opposing him before he was named. just fill in the name. whoever it was, before the ink was even dry on justice kennedy's resignation.
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now this was a assign that word throwing judgment out the window. in outsourcing the thinking on this matter to far left special interest groups. if anybody's outsourcing is the democrats. what they're saying to the outside groups is oppositional matter who it is. as i discussed on the floor yesterday, we know what the partisan playbook looks like. it is been hauled out for most everyone a republican president has nominated the last 40 years. it's like clockwork. i fully anticipate will hear fantastic stories about the pain and suffering this perfectly qualified, widely respected judge will unleash on america if
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we confirm him to the court. that cheap political fear mongering insults the intelligence of the american people. because americans understand the difference between a political office and judicial office. they understand the difference between the policymakers who throw pitches and those who call balls and strikes. so, i look fai for to the fair consideration of this most impressive nomination. look forward to meeting with judge kavanaugh this morning and hearing his testimony in committee for voting on his confirmation right here on the senate floor. >> now, madame president last night

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