Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said he will "absolutely" give President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch a fair chance.
"Montana sent me here to do the job as a U.S. senator representing them in Washington, D.C. of course, and part of that job is advise and consent," Tester told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program on Thursday.
"We're going to be bringing in the Supreme Court nominee. We're going to sit down with him and visit with him about rural issues, the Constitution, a number of different issues that are really, really critically important, not only to Montana, but this country. And we'll base our decision based on that, and what I read about some of the court decisions he has already made," Tester said.
"And I think that's critically important moving forward that we do our job, evaluate him for what he is and vote yes or no based on that evaluation."
Then the senator listed a number of items he would question Gorsuch about, including "talking to him about the gravity of the position, where he is on a number of issues that apply to rural America, and just getting a feel about how he views the country, views the world, and views the position of Supreme Court justice."
He and other Democrats believe getting reelected in a state that Trump won is less important than the confirmation of a justice to the Supreme Court.
"I think this is a bigger decision than an election would dictate. I think everybody I visited with… are willing to give him a shake and move forward." He said the confirmation is "one of the most important decisions we make, quite frankly."
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