WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) delivered remarks at a Senate Republican press conference tonight regarding the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Below are his remarks as delivered:
“Voting for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to become an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States was not just historic for me. It was my obligation to the people of North Dakota as well as a high personal honor.
“Just over two years ago, I was engaged in another historic fight, a battle for the seat that I now hold. Late in the campaign, the Democratic incumbent I was running against chose to engage in the smear campaign against another outstanding and decided to vote against the confirmation of Brett Kavanagh.
“That very week my opponent raised nearly three times more money than I spent in the entire campaign, and the Supreme Court became the number one issue in the race.
“So to somehow suggest – there is no way I could or would – I suggest this vote be delayed, to somehow wait until after the election, when people from some place other than North Dakota might be tempted to elect a president other than Donald Trump, to nominate a jurist other than the nearly perfect Amy Coney Barrett to be a Supreme Court Justice, would rightfully anger the people of North Dakota and do great damage to my conscience.
“This is a good night.”