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WATCH: Cruz accuses Democratic senators of using Kavanaugh hearing to relitigate 2016 election

Republicans accused Democrats on Tuesday of politicizing Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and avoiding substance because they lack the votes to derail his nomination to the Supreme Court.

The strong opposition to President Donald Trump’s nominee reflected the political stakes for both parties just two months before congressional elections. Democrats, including several senators poised for 2020 presidential bids, tried to block the proceedings over Kavanaugh records withheld by the White House. Republicans in turn accused the Democrats of turning the hearing into a circus. And protesters shouted out frequent and persistent disruptions from the audience.

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But Cruz said Tuesday’s theatrics were “about Democratic senators trying to re-litigate the 2016 election and just as importantly, working to begin litigating the 2020 presidential election,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who unsuccessfully challenged Trump for the 2016 nomination.

Cruz said Democrats have gotten “extreme and radical” in their attempts to appoint a justice that would rule against religious liberty and the Second Amendment.

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