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What Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination means for the 2020 election


President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is likely to add fuel to the fire in the growing battle between Democrats and Republicans in Washington. The president has said it is his obligation to fill the seat left vacant when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. David Goodfriend, the former deputy press secretary for President Bill Clinton, he joined CBSN to discuss what Amy Coney Barretts nomination means to the upcoming election.

Senate Democrats are holding an hours-long talk-a-thon to protest Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination.

Democrats are vowing to hold the floor into Monday morning, as the Senate pulls an all-nighter ahead of a final vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court.

"Senate Democrats are taking over the floor all night to fight this sham process by Senate Republicans. We will not stop fighting," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted on Sunday night.

Democrats are powerless to prevent Barrett's confirmation since every Republican senator except GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) — who doesn't believe a vote should take place before the election — is expected to vote to confirm her on Monday.

But Democrats are using the floor speeches, which they are highlighting on social media, to try to build awareness and rail against the decision by Republicans to move just days before the election to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) argued that the Republicans were going to turn the Supreme Court "into just another politicized body" and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) "can't or won't think beyond narrow self-interest."

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Rev. Al Sharpton reacts to Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination ceremony at the White House, including President Trump's remark that Barrett would "preserve our priceless heritage."
Judge Amy Coney Barrett secured Senate Judiciary Committee approval on Oct. 22 with only Republican votes. Democratic senators boycotted the proceedings.
The U.S. Senate debates President Trump's Supreme Court nomination, Amy Coney Barrett.

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