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As GOP silences Elizabeth Warren, Rubio calls for civility in debate



WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio joined Republicans in voting last night to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was speaking out against Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Sen. Bill Nelson joined Democrats in objecting to the move.

The rebuke came as Warren was reading a 1986 letter Coretta Scott King wrote as Sessions was being considered for a federal judgeship. The letter said Sessions, as a U.S. attorney in Alabama, “had used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens."

Amid the debate, Rubio gave a lengthy speech. "We have become a society incapable of having debates anymore," he said, adding figures in both parties, himself included, have engaged in heated rhetoric.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 9:34am]


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