GOP debate moderator John Dickerson confronted Ted Cruz early on tonight about a claim he made about the Supreme Court.
During the first part of the debate, when all the candidates addressed the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, Cruz claimed, “We have 80 years of precedent of not confirming justices in an election year.”
Dickerson said, “But Kennedy was confirmed in ’88.”
Cruz countered, “No, Kennedy was confirmed in ’87.”
Dickerson said he was appointed in 1987 but confirmed in 1988 (an election year). He was correct, and said, “I just wanted to get the facts straight.”
The debate crowd ended up booing him.
Watch above, via CBS.
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