Alito's smooth responses frustrated Democrats as they sought to pin him down on past statements, speeches and legal opinions.
"I don't think we've heard anything from the nominee except statements that every nominee would make," complained Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who fruitlessly tried to pin Alito down on his personal opinion about whether the Constitution allows for the right to an abortion. "Every nominee would say, 'Of course I will keep an open mind.' You don't expect a nominee to say, 'No, no, no, my mind's closed.'"
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