McCain: Obama’s 3 D.C. Circuit Nominees Deserve Votes

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June 18, 2013 9:33 a.m.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Wednesday that President Obama’s three nominees to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals deserve up-or-down votes, contradicting his Republican colleagues who insist the vacancies need not be filled.

“I’ve always believed that,” he told a few reporters in response to a question from TPM. Referring to his successful efforts to avoid filibuster reform, he said, “There has to be extraordinary circumstances to vote against them.”

“Elections have consequences,” McCain said, and then added with a smile: “Tragically.”

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