VIDEO - Floor speech from the Senate Friday.

Sen. Tom Carper spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

Specifically, Carper highlighted Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial record as a stark contrast to the views of most Americans on many important issues, including protections for those with pre-existing conditions, the freedom for women to make their own health care decisions and an independent check on executive power. Carper highlighted the fact that the greatest threat Brett Kavanaugh may pose to this country and its people is with respect to our environment based on his 12-year record on the bench.

Carper also noted Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s powerful testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee and criticized Judge Kavanaugh’s lack of judicial temperament and truthfulness. He closed by urging his colleagues to remember that history will remember the votes they cast on the Kavanaugh nomination.

“To my colleagues still wavering on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, I will leave you with this: we will not only be judged by voters this November; we will be judged by history,” said Senator Carper. “Let’s show that we are still worthy of being called the world’s greatest deliberative body. Let’s show that we have made progress since 1991. Let’s show that we are willing to take a stand and do the right thing. Because if we are not, any short-term political wins will be forever eclipsed by the permanent stain left on our legacies and this body from which, I fear, there may be no recovering.”