President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett faced another round of tough questions from senators at her confirmation hearing Wednesday.
Nearing the end of the final day of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. John Kennedy lobbed a few softballs, including "Do you hate little warm puppies?"
Kennedy spoke following a line of questioning about racism and climate change by Democratic vice presidential nominee and California Sen. Kamala Harris.
"Judge, let's try to answer some of Sen. Harris' accusations. Are you a racist?" Kennedy began.
"I am not a racist, Sen. Kennedy," Barrett said.
"You sure?" Kennedy asked.
"I'm positive," Barrett declared.
"Do you support in all cases corporations over working people?" the 68-year-old Republican senator from Louisiana asked.
"I do not and I think if you look at my record you will see cases in which I have decided in favor of plaintiffs, not corporations," Barrett replied.
"Are you against clean air, bright water and environmental justice?" Kennedy then asked.
"I am not against any of those things, those are policies that the Congress has pursued in many statutes and I think we all reap the benefits of when those statutes work," Barrett said.
He then asked Barrett whether she believed in science and supported children and prosperity before throwing in, "Do you hate little warm puppies?"
The question prompted a laugh from Barrett who replied, "I do not hate little warm puppies."
She then threw her support behind chinchillas.
"I think that my daughter Juliet, who is 10, would want me to put in a plug right now to say I do not hate chinchillas because we don't have a puppy in the Barrett house, but we do have a very fluffy chinchilla and so I don't hate chinchillas either," Barrett said.
"Duly noted," Kennedy declared before returning to the more serious subject on voting rights violations.
He concluded his 15-minute line of questioning by asking Barrett, "Who does the laundry in your house?"
Earlier, Harris had asked if Barrett agreed with a sentence from a 2013 opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts in which he wrote that “voting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that.”
Barrett refused to say whether she thinks race discrimination in voting still exists, saying she will “not comment on what any justice said in an opinion.”
Harris also asked Barrett whether she thinks the coronavirus is infectious, whether smoking causes cancer and whether “climate change is happening and it’s threatening the air we breathe and the water we drink.”
The Indiana judge responded that she does think coronavirus is infectious and smoking causes cancer, but she declined to answer on climate change, saying that it is “a very contentious matter of public debate, and I will not do that, I will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial.”
Wednesday' hearing came after a 12-hour grilling session Tuesday.
The committee is scheduled to take a preliminary vote on her nomination on Thursday.
The GOP-controlled Senate is expected to confirm her before Election Day.
If confirmed, Barrett, who would replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, would shift the court's conservative majority to 6-3.
The Associated Press contributed to this report