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Barrett answers barrage of questions

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/13/20, 02:17 pm

WASHINGTON—Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee pressed the Supreme Court nominee on abortion, healthcare, gun control, and other issues during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing. “I don’t have any agenda,” Judge Amy Coney Barrett said, answering a question about her opinion on abortion cases. “I have an agenda to stick to the rule of law and decide cases as they come.” She said she would rely on the original meaning and text of the U.S. Constitution and other laws, telling Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., “If there are policy differences, those are for this body.”

What did Republicans ask Barrett? Not much. Some GOP senators, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, used much of their time to criticize Democrats’ attacks on Barrett. “We should dispense with the total fiction the Democrats are peddling,” Grassley said, referring to accusations that she would target the Affordable Care Act. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas used only 11 of his allotted 30 minutes for questioning.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report on the Democrat strategy for attacking Barrett.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • CS
    Posted: Wed, 10/14/2020 12:16 pm

    She holds herself so well! I am raising a daughter and I showed her parts of the confirmation hearing to give her an example of how we are to conduct ourselves against our enemy. Posture matters! Our words matter! How we give answer matters! I am so impressed!

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Wed, 10/14/2020 06:33 pm

    CS, agreed. Ms. Barrett gave a good account of herself. She's not just another pretty face.

  • FC
    Posted: Wed, 10/21/2020 07:44 pm

    When will Marvin Olasky, my hero in responsible journalism, come to his senses.  When will he add to the World stylebook that Pro-Birth is different than Pro-Life?  Pro-Life means people care about the 225,000 and counting deaths from COVID-19 without an adequate Federal Government response.  Many who call themselves Pro-Life do not take personal responsibility to stop the spread and insist restrictions violate their liberties.  Do they care about the thousands of immigrants who die trying to get to the United States or in camps here waiting for processing?  Are they concerned about the thousands killed by guns in crimes and by police and do not support reasonable gun control policies that will let most Americans own a weapon for protection, sport, or a well-regulated militia (whatever that means today)?  Any new controls will not stop all criminals, but maybe just the one who may cost you your life.  Is there concern for the hundreds of dead when their health insurance canceled because of changes this administration made to health regulations?  Is there concern about militarism rhetoric?  I recall our President calling for “fire and fury,” or a nuke on Iran if they develop a nuke.  How many innocent people will die from that action?  Is there concern for the many dead from capital punishment when state and federal laws are inconsistently applied and just one innocent person  may have slipped through the cracks?  When talking about abortion those people should be called Pro-Birth.  Pro-Life is supporting  ALL life from birth until natural death.  I think I heard a President say those words at a Pro-Birth rally in Washington.  I battled news directors who had complaints because I used the word “homosexual” in my reports on LG issues (the rest of the alphabet was not there at the time).  The complainers wanted me to use the word “gay.”  I told my boss, “I do not know if you know, but I am gay.”  Slightly stunned by my admission he said he did not realize that.  Then I said, “But I am not homosexual.”  He agreed with my word usage.  The same happened when he got complaints about my using the word “baby” in fetal research stories.  The complainers wanted me to use the word “fetus.”  I explained to my news director that words are important and should be used correctly.  My wife was pregnant at the time and I told him when I go home I ask, “How are you and the baby today?”  I do not ask, “How are you and the fetus?”  He agreed.  Words matter.  Pro-Birth is not Pro-Life.  And this President is no where near being Pro-Life.