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Grassley: We'll Abandon Our Principles For Political Expediency

[A]nd then on the first question you asked -- if you go back to 2002, prior to that there was hardly any use on filibusters on judges, but since the Democrats started using that, we Republicans want a level playing field with the Democrats, so we are adopting their practice in order to make them responsible the same way they tried to make us responsible with an extraordinary majority to get judges approved.

So, I still agree that it shouldn't have been done, but people are going to think that Republicans are not doing their job the way the Democrats do it and we want to show that we can do just as well as they do, defending our point of view just like they did on their point of view.

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