- Associated Press - Thursday, February 2, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s opposition to Supreme Court nominee (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin are engaging in a public battle of words on Twitter.

The spat Thursday centers on Baldwin’s decision not to support President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Walker tweeted that Baldwin is “out of the mainstream” for not meeting with Gorsuch. Baldwin responds, “Your opportunity to weigh in on Gorsuch ended with your short-lived Pres campaign. Focus on fixing WI’s roads and bridges.”

Walker shoots back, “Maybe that plays well in Madison but the rest of the state would like a Senator.”

The online argument comes as both Baldwin and Walker prepare for re-election bids in 2018. Baldwin is running and Walker is expected to seek a third term.


1:47 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says she will vote against President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Baldwin said in a statement Thursday that she will not back Judge Neil Gorsuch for the vacancy created last year by the death of Antonin Scalia.

Baldwin says Gorsuch is not “mainstream” enough to get bipartisan support. Baldwin says she is particularly concerned with Gorsuch’s rulings “against disabled students, against workers, and against women’s reproductive health care.”

Democrats are insisting that Gorsuch get 60 votes of support in the 100-member Senate, saying that would make it clear that Gorsuch is mainstream enough to be confirmed.

Republicans are accusing Baldwin of being a hypocrite since she had urged the Senate last year to quickly fill the vacancy.

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