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NPR legal affairs correspondent, Nina Totenberg, has this report.
NINA TOTENBERG: Twice, Republicans have prevented the Judiciary Committee from holding a hearing on the nomination, laying down markers of opposition. Ranking Republican Jeff Sessions has promised a fair hearing, but, appearing on "Meet the Press," seemed to have made up his mind.
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JEFF SESSIONS: If a nominee is one that is so activist, like Goodwin Liu that's just been nominated, who's written that the Constitution requires welfare and health care to individuals; if it's somebody like that, clearly outside the mainstream...
TOTENBERG: While Liu has an eclectic record - he is, for example, a supporter of school vouchers and charter schools - there's no doubt that he's also supported many liberal positions, from affirmative action in education to gay marriage. Curt Levey is director of the conservative Committee for Justice.
CURT LEVEY: Goodwin Liu is not your typical liberal. He is very far out on the left wing, even of academia. So, I think that you could think of Goodwin Liu as the Democratic Clarence Thomas.
TOTENBERG: Nina Totenberg, NPR News, Washington.
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