WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) delivered his opening statement during the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s hearing for the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
- GRAHAM: “The American people chose Donald Trump and here's what I can say about the man in front of us. No matter who would have won our primary, no one could have chosen better than Neil Gorsuch to represent conservatism on the Supreme Court.” https://youtu.be/vLSw_fiQ2Pc?t=1m13s
- GRAHAM: “So the issue for me is, I'm waiting to hear [Democrats] tell me why you are not qualified for the job that you are seeking. [Roughly] 2700 decisions and you have been overruled once.” https://youtu.be/vLSw_fiQ2Pc?t=5m17s
- GRAHAM: “Donald Trump deserves to be congratulated for listening to a lot of people and coming up with, I think, the best choice available to a Republican President in terms of nominating somebody who is going to keep the conservative philosophy alive and well in the Court.” https://youtu.be/vLSw_fiQ2Pc?t=1m30s
- GRAHAM: “I don't know how we got here as a nation. Scalia had 98 to nothing. Ginsburg, I think, was 96 to 3. What happened between now and then? How did we go from being able to understand that Scalia was well-qualified conservative and Ginsburg was a well-qualified liberal and recognized that elections mattered? I don't know how we got there, but here's what I hope: That we turn around and go back to where we were because what we're doing is going to destroy the Judiciary over time.” https://youtu.be/vLSw_fiQ2Pc?t=9m30s