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Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing, Day 2

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Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing, Day 2

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Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing, Day 2

Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing, Day 2

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NPR offers highlights from inside the room during the confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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LINDSEY GRAHAM: Good morning, everyone. Welcome back.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Here in Washington today, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham opened Day 2 of the confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Each of the 22 senators on the judiciary committee has 30 minutes to ask their questions or to make their speeches, as was often the case.

SHAPIRO: Democrats tried to pry answers out of Barrett on whether she'd recuse herself from a potential case involving the results of this year's election. She said...

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AMY CONEY BARRETT: And I will apply the factors that other justices have before me in determining whether the circumstances require my recusal or not. But I can't offer legal conclusion right now about the outcome of the decision I would reach.

SHAPIRO: Democrats also pushed her on whether she would rule to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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CONEY BARRETT: Again, I can't pre-commit or say, yes, I'm going in with some agenda, because I'm not. I don't have any agenda.

CORNISH: And how she might rule in a case a week after the election on the validity of the Affordable Care Act.

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CONEY BARRETT: Well, it's a case that's on the court's docket. And the canons of judicial conduct, you know, would prohibit me from expressing a view.

SHAPIRO: Republicans praised Barrett for saying she would adhere to judicial precedent, for refusing to hint how she may rule and for acknowledging that she made no deal with the president in exchange for the nomination.

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