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Inhofe Explains Judge Vote


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today explained his vote on President Barack Obama's 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Nominee Robert Bacharach:

"It's awkward that one of the best nominees, Robert Bacharach of Oklahoma, is the one that's the subject of this vote, and I regret that's the case. The problem that you have is that this will be the latest confirmation of a circuit court nominee during an election year in 20 years. I was thinking just today that I cannot vote against this guy, but at the same time, I cannot vote to undo the 20 years of bipartisan senate precedent. If we have a 20-year precedent put in there by the Democrats and the Republicans alike, I really wouldn't want to be the one to break that precedent. The least of the offense options was to vote present even though that is not something I usually do. We're within four months of an election right now. I think it's very important that we do what we've done over the last 20 years and allow the new administration to come in. Bacharach's position had been open for two years before any action by the Obama administration and I think you have to be a little suspicious why it is coming up right now."

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