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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16:  Judge Merrick B. Garland listens to US President Barack Obama nominate him to the US Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Garland currently serves as the chief judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and if confirmed by the US Senate, would replace Antonin Scalia who died suddenly last month.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16:  Judge Merrick B. Garland listens to US President Barack Obama nominate him to the US Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Garland currently serves as the chief judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and if confirmed by the US Senate, would replace Antonin Scalia who died suddenly last month.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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In the run-up to Merrick Garland's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, several Republican senators spoke highly of him.

How GOP senators felt about Merrick Garland in 1997

In the run-up to Merrick Garland's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, several Republican senators spoke highly of him.