Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., voted for the "nuclear option" rule change, although he had condemned it Wednesday, according to The Huffington Post.
McCain blasted the idea of using the option that would eliminate the 60-vote requirement to confirm Supreme Court nominees.
"Whoever says that is a stupid idiot, who has not been here and seen what I've been through and how we were able to avoid that on several occasions," McCain said Wednesday, according to The Washington Post. "And they are stupid, and they've deceived their voters because they are so stupid."
He made his choice to get a ninth justice installed on the court, he said.
"Today, the Democrats chose to filibuster the nomination of a world-class jurist with the experience, knowledge, and judicial temperament to serve with honor and distinction on the nation's highest court," he said in a statement.
Democrats "left me with no other choice," he added.
Other Republicans were skeptical about the option, including Susan Collins, R-Maine, but she joined McCain to vote in favor of the rule change, according to the Bangor Daily News.
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