GOP has votes for ‘nuclear option,’ McConnell says

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His organization sponsored a telecast last night featuring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, arguing in favor of ending the Democratic filibusters.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, called Mr. Perkins’ claims “political” and said the Constitution does not allow a religious test.

“But many people have positions they’ve taken on political issues based on faith. Now, where do you draw that line?” he asked. “We need to ask about those issues because they’re going to confront every judicial nominee, and there may be disagreement about their positions. But if their defense is always, ‘You can’t ask me, you can’t object to me if my particular political position is based on faith,’ then it’s the end of the debate.”

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