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Takeaways: Pardon power, silent mics on Barrett's final day

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett testifies during the third day of her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON – Health care again played a starring role in Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee as Democrats sought to highlight an issue they want voters to consider on Election Day.

During Wednesday's hearing, Barrett maintained her view that it would be inappropriate to comment on the national health care law or other cases that may come before her as a justice. She also declined to say whether a president can pardon himself.

Republicans appeared undeterred and likely successful in their effort to have Barrett confirmed before the election, just three weeks away.

Takeaways from Day 3 of the hearing:

FILLING A SEAT IN TIME FOR ‘OBAMACARE’ CASE

Democrats noted that Trump has made clear he wishes to undo the Affordable Care Act, saying Trump and Senate Republicans are rushing to confirm Barrett so she can be seated in time to hear a case next month challenging that ‘Obamacare’ law.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said there’s an “orange cloud” hanging over Barrett's nomination — a political jab at Trump's tan and a reference to the president's oft-stated wish to overturn the law.

Barrett told senators she is not “hostile” to the law and promised to consider all arguments.