Ginsburg: Both parties to blame for nomination fights

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Democrats and Republicans are both to blame for the battles that occur when a president nominates a justice.

She told about 7,100 people at the University of Notre Dame on Monday she was confirmed by the Senate on a 96-3 vote in 1993 and Justice Stephen Breyer was confirmed by an 87-9 vote the next year. She says it hasn't been like that since.

She says Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, was her biggest supporter on the Judiciary Committee then. She said she doesn't think he would feel comfortable taking a similar position now because of the partisan divide.

Ginsburg's comments come as Republican leaders in the Senate are refusing to consider President Barack Obama's high court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.

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