Emotional moments occur in Gorsuch confirmation hearing

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During Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, he was bombarded with questions from Democrats and lauded by Republicans.

There were several emotional moments as Gorsuch responded to questions.

At one moment, after Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein drilled him repeatedly, Gorsuch vowed to her, with emotion in his voice, “I’d like to convey to you, from the bottom of my heart, that I’m a fair judge.”   He said, “I can’t guarantee you more than, but I can promise you absolutely nothing less.”

During questioning by Republican Senator Ben Sasse, Gorsuch shared personal reflections on the legacy he hopes to leave behind.

Sasse asked Gorsuch, “30 or 40 years from now, when you look back over your career, how will you know if you’re a good judge?”

Gorsuch shared a story about an assignment he gives students when he teaches an ethics class, called the “obituary challenge.”

He said it’s not how big your bank account is… it’s how you treat other people along the way.  “As a person, I’d like to be remember as a good dad and husband, kind and mild in private life, dignified and firm in public life.   I have no illusions that I’ll be remembered for very long,” he said.  “The great joy in life is devoting yourself to a cause.  As an independent judiciary in this country, I’ll carry that baton as long as I can carry it… that will be good enough for me.”

 

 

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