Klobuchar says "no" to Kavanaugh; rebukes Republican colleagues

MN Senator's remarks refuel talk of presidential possibilities

Adam Carter
September 28, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Not surprisingly, Senator Amy Klobuchar was one of the 10 "no's" in the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to send Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full US Senate.

Before her vote, Klobuchar delivered a scathing rebuke, not at the nominee Kavanaugh, but rather her Republican counterparts on the committee.

"I would remind my colleagues that the Constitution does not say 'We the ruling party'. The Constitution says 'We the people.'"

Klobuchar accused Republicans of "lip service" in their praise of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accuses Kavanaugh of sexual assault during a party nearly four decades ago.

"We have someone who made a credible claim. The chairman (Sen. Chuck Grassley IA) even thanked her for her bravery. Well where is the bravery in this room?"

Minnesota's senior senator also addressed Republican allegations that Democrats are using the sexual assault claims as a stalling tactic.

"When I heard this sanctimonious talk about some kind of a political strategy, well I'll give you Exhibit A, Merrick Garland, who was delayed for nearly 10 months. You talk about a nominee getting off the floor when all we are asking for is one week."

Klobuchar referring to Merrick Garland, who was nominated by President Obama to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court following the death of Antonin Scalia. The Republican-controlled Senate refused to hold hearings on Garland until after the 2016 election.

Klobuchar's speech has once-again ignited talk of her as a possible presidential candidate.

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather tweeted that Klobuchar is presidential material.