March 30, 2017
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SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL: Our friends over here across the aisle made it clear that their opposition to this nominee would have nothing to do with the nominee himself. In fact, I said we could expect to hear a number of convoluted excuses as to why they wouldn’t support the president’s yet to be named nominee, excuses that would amount to little more than their dissatisfaction with the outcome of the election. Sure enough, sure enough – that’s just what we’ve seen over the past few weeks. They’re opposing this well-qualified nominee despite his impressive credentials, bipartisan support and excellent testimony before the committee. Judge Neil Gorsuch is such an outstanding candidate, so non-controversial, so well-esteemed by people across the political spectrum, the Democrats have been forced to talk about pretty much anything: President Trump, think tanks, you name it, anything but the nominee himself… Judge Gorsuch has such a proven record of judicial independence and impartiality that people from the left and right and everywhere in between, everywhere in between have voiced their confidence in his fitness to serve on the high court. that would explain why the American bar association, which according to the Democratic Leader and former Democratic Judiciary Chairman is the gold standard, the gold standard for evaluating judges, gave Gorsuch its highest rating possible. Unanimously well-qualified. So let’s be clear, the support for Judge Gorsuch is anything but one-sided.
“Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri warned Democratic donors that blocking President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee could have dire consequences, according to audio obtained by The Star. McCaskill, a Democrat up for re-election in a state Trump won by double digits, told reporters this week that she’s still deciding how to vote on Neil Gorsuch, the federal appellate judge who Trump has tapped to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat that became vacant when Justice Antonin Scalia died last year.”
“Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) says he is ‘very, very close’ to making a decision on whether or not he’ll support President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. ‘This is a quality individual,’ he said Thursday when asked about Judge Neil Gorsuch on CNN’s New Day. ‘I don’t think anyone disputes that. Tremendous education and background, held in high regards. Good man, good man.’”
“A majority of Americans says Senate Democrats should allow a confirmation vote for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, according to a new poll. Fifty-four percent of respondents in the NBC News/Survey Monkey survey released Thursday say Judge Neil Gorsuch should get an up-or-down vote while 37 percent say Senate Democrats should block it. NBC News/Survey Monkey conducted its latest poll of 7,832 adults via online interviews from March 24-28. It has a 1.7 percent margin of error.”