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Key Democratic senator introducing Gorsuch has ‘open mind’

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) helped introduce Judge Neil Gorsuch at his hearing, saying he has an “open mind” about his nomination. While he praised Gorsuch — and sought to contrast him with President Trump — he said he was not ready to take a final position on his nomination.

“I’m not here today to take a position or persuade any of our colleagues how to vote,” Bennet said.

Colorado’s other senator, Republican Cory Gardner, also introduced Gorsuch.

Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings: Updates and analysis on the Supreme Court nominee
Gorsuch appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. (Michael Reynolds/EPA)

Judge Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge from Colorado, is on Capitol Hill today for confirmations hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch was nominated by President Trump to fill the seat left open by the death of Antonin Scalia and has broad support among Republicans.

It’s a chance for Senate Democrats to take a stand against the Trump administration, and express their anger that Republicans blocked a hearing for President Barack Obama’s selection for the seat, Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Monday is the beginning of four days of hearings. Follow along.