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In the race towards winning the SCOTUS nomination, Amy Coney Barett went through the second day of confirmation hearings, and here are all the key touchpoints you need to know about it. Impressing everyone with her smashing memory and powerful oration, Barett used no notes during the course of the hearing, leaving senators baffled by her sheer flair of legal nitty-gritty’s.

Source: Newsday

Of Faith and Religion 

With democrats constantly alluding to Barett’s catholic faith, the leaders cited instances where the prospective Judge had spoken to anti-abortion groups in the past and signed an anti-abortion letter in a newspaper in 2006. To this, Barrett said she’d been trying to avoid looking at her own media portrayal. 

“I’ve tried to be on a media blackout for the sake of my mental health,” Barrett told the committee. “You can’t keep yourself walled off from everything and I’m aware of a lot of the caricatures that are floating around.” She further went on to state that Barrett continued to say that the benefit is “that I’m committed to the rule of law and the role of the Supreme Court in dispensing equal justice for all. And I’m not the only person who can do this job. But I was asked, and it would be difficult for anyone. So why should I say someone else should do the difficulty if the difficulty is the only reason to say no?”

Source: ABC News

The Ginsburg Rule

When asked if the candidate agrees with the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s view that the Constitution does not guarantee a right to gay marriage, Barett claimed that “I’m not going to express a view on whether I agree or disagree with Justice Scalia for the same reasons that I’ve been giving. Justice Ginsburg with her characteristic pithiness used this to describe how a nominee should comport herself at a hearing: no hints, no previews, no forecasts. That has been the practice of nominees before her, but everybody calls it the ‘Ginsburg Rule’ because she stated it so concisely and it’s been the practice of every nominee since.”

Barrett held true to the standard throughout questions on how she would rule throughout the day.

Source: News10 ABC

Ties To The White House

When asked about the links to the White House, and specifically the President, emphasizing on the argued assumption that she would work to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Barrett claimed that she had made “no commitment” to do so to the White House. 

“I have had no conversation with the president or any of his staff on how I might rule in that case,” Barrett said. “It would be a gross violation of judicial independence for me to make any such commitment or be asked about that case and how I would rule.”

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