(NBC News) Bipartisan politics took center stage in the Senate today as confirmation hearings began for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. Skeptical Democrats and supportive Republicans greeted Judge Neil Gorsuch as the confirmation hearings began.

"I've ruled for disabled students, for prisoners, for the accused, for workers alleging civil rights violations and for undocumented immigrants. Sometimes too I've ruled against such persons." said Judge Gorsuch

Democrats criticized Gorsuch's history of siding with corporations like Hobby Lobby which fought against paying for women's contraceptives because it violated religious beliefs.

"tellingly big special interests and their front groups are spending millions of dollars in a dark money campaign to push your confirmation." said Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to Judge Gorsuch.

The White House says Gorsuch represents their type of judge and that is a big concern for Senate Democrats.

"Most Americans question whether we need a Supreme Court justice with the vision of Donald Trump." stated Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin

Republicans Senators at today's hearing disagreed.

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham stated "Donald Trump deserves to be congratulated for listening to a lot of people and for coming up with I think the best choice available."

Gorsuch spoke of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the man he is nominated to replace.

"He reminded us that words matter....that the judge's job is to follow the words that are in the law...Not replace them with those that aren't." said Judge Gorsuch

Scalia's seat has been vacant for 13 months.  Republicans blocked president Obama's choice, Judge Merrick Garland.


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