'Empty chairs': Senate GOP accuses Democrats of abandoning confirmation hearing

'Empty chairs': Senate GOP accuses Democrats of abandoning confirmation hearing


Sen. Ted Cruz accused Democrats of abandoning the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett after failing to land any significant damage to her chances after more than a day of questioning.

“They don’t have any substantive criticism,” said Cruz, a Texas Republican. “This side of the aisle does not have arguments against Judge Barrett that have any chance of prevailing.”

On Wednesday, Barrett answered questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a second day, responding to Democrats who want to know how she would rule on matters related to healthcare, gun ownership rights, voting access, abortion, and gay and transgender issues.

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By late morning, Cruz noted, two Democrats remained in the room to hear from Barrett.

“If you look at the dais, there is chair after chair that is empty,” Cruz said. “The Democratic senators are no longer even attending, though I’m assuming they’ll show up for their time. But it is indicative of

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