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'She will pass the test with flying colors': Indiana senators back fellow Hoosier Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Added 09-25-20 07:23:01am EST - “Indiana's two senators are publicly backing their fellow Hoosier, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who lives in South Bend and is a top contender for President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court vacancy following the death of Justice Ruth…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “'She will pass the test with flying colors': Indiana senators back fellow Hoosier Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Indiana’s two senators are publicly backing their fellow Hoosier, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who lives in South Bend and is a top contender for President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court vacancy following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Sen. Todd Young, a former congressman who has served as Indiana’s senior senator since his victory in 2016, introduced Barrett during her contentious confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 after Trump selected her for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, a Chicago-based court with jurisdiction over Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. He has personally urged Trump to select her and his fellow senators to support her. Sen. Mike Braun, a successful businessman who defeated Sen. Joe Donnelly in 2018, credits the Democrat’s decision to vote against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh as one of the reasons he was able to unseat the incumbent.

Both Republican senators spoke with the Washington Examiner about their support for the longtime Notre Dame Law School professor for the highest court in the land.

“I had a very lengthy and thoughtful conversation with the president. He thinks incredibly highly of Amy Coney Barrett. I did not receive any intimation that he will ultimately select her to be the nominee, but I am aware that he thinks a lot of her professional qualifications and that’s, of course, why he included her on the list and why he has, from time to time, mentioned her publicly,” Young said on Wednesday. “I’ve also been making rounds to a number of colleagues here in the United States Senate and sharing with them my personal knowledge of Amy, her personal integrity, her seriousness of purpose, her method of jurisprudence, and her record of accomplishment on the bench.”

Barrett, 48, a former clerk for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, faced criticism about her Catholicism from multiple Democratic senators back in 2017. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's use of the pejorative “the dogma lives loudly within you" became a rallying cry for her supporters and solidified Barrett’s position as the top choice of many Republicans for the high court.

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