Hatch, Tillis

Executive Session (Clarida Nomination)

Senator Hatch: (12:24 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "What is exceptional of John McCain is that he not only met the heavy expectations placed upon them, he far exceeded them. Few have ever risen to the position of influence that John McCain did. Fewer still have done so and kept their character intact. But Senator John McCain did. Indeed, he never parted from it. As a prisoner of war in Vietnam, John was offered release on multiple occasions, yet he refused each offer until the P.O.W.'s incarcerated before him were also released. Greater love has no man than this than a man lay down his life for his country, for his friends. John possessed such love providing time and again his willingness to lay down his life for his brothers in uniform."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "They've called him a reactionary. That's terrible. They've said his nomination threatens the destruction of the Constitution. Even more terrible. They've said that those who support his nomination are complicit and evil. Even more terrible. Next week the American people will have an opportunity to see Judge Kavanaugh. They'll find that he's not a reactionary. They'll find that he doesn't in fact intend to destroy the Constitution. And they'll also find that those who, like me, support his nomination are not complicit and evil. Rather, the American people will see a whip smart, incredibly accomplished, humble man."


Senator Tillis: (12:38 a.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "Mr. President, before I speak on a topic that I sadly have to come to the floor every week and speak on, I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to the McCain family and to all of his friends and supporters. I had the privilege of serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee with Senator McCain for three years. I learned a lot from him and he has done a wonderful job of standing up for men and women in uniform and standing up for veterans in his entire time in Congress. I also wanted to share this one story. I had a reporter ask me yesterday, you know, what kind of experiences have you had with him that were most memorable. And it was a day that I spent with him in North Carolina back in 2014."
  • Spoke on Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "This man's name is Andrew Brunson. He's from Black Mountain, North Carolina. He's a Presbyterian minister and he spent the better part of 20 years in Turkey as a - in a Christian ministry. He opened a church just outside of Izmir several years ago. It's a very small church. They would have an open-door policy. Anyone could come in. And he had been living peacefully there for 20 years."