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Reagan in 1988: ‘Move quickly to make sure there’s a full nine-member Supreme Court’

As Senate Republicans gear up for the upcoming Supreme Court nomination fight, many in our nation’s capital are quoting bogus talking points claiming a bipartisan “tradition” of refusing justice nominations during an election year.

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As Senate Republicans gear up for the upcoming Supreme Court nomination fight, many in our nation’s capital are quoting bogus talking points claiming a bipartisan “tradition” of refusing justice nominations during an election year.

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz went so far during a debate as to call on fellow GOP members to do everything they can to block President Obama, while erroneously stating that Justice Anthony Kennedy was confirmed by the Senate in 1987 when in fact he was confirmed in 1988, the final year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

Reagan urged the Senate to “move quickly and decisively” to “make sure there’s a full, nine-member Supreme Court to interpret the law and to protect the rights of all Americans.”

According to Right Wing Watch, it seems that many Republicans have found it easier to manufacture phony “traditions” than to admit they want to leave the court shorthanded for a year in the hopes of having a president they like better in the future.

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