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Former Dem Senate leader says his own party has 'far dirtier hands' on changing Senate rules

Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) speaks during a SiriusXM-Bipartisan Policy Center event hosted by P.O.T.U.S. Channel's Tim Farley at SiriusXM Studio on February 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Daschle criticized his party this week for changing Senate rules. (Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said in a podcast interview with Real Clear Politics published Sunday that his own party has “far dirtier hands” when it comes to changing the rules of the Senate.

Daschle, who represented South Dakota as a senator, discussed partisanship in Washington said he is concerned about a growing “a lack of respect and appreciation of the institution [of the Senate] itself.”

Asked about Democrats’ filibuster of the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and Republicans’ use of the nuclear option to change the rules of the Senate in order to circumvent the filibuster, Daschle argued that “unfortunately, Democrats have far dirtier hands when it comes to erosion of the institutional pillars of the Senate.”

Daschle noted that Democrats used the nuclear option during former President Barack Obama’s administration.

“Democrats who may lament this institutional deterioration, I think there’s a lot of history here that can’t be explained away,” Daschle said.

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(H/T Law Newz)

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