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Minnesota’s senators visit UMD, encourage youth voters

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DULUTH, MN-- Minnesota's two senators were in Duluth Friday, meeting with young voters and encouraging them to cast their ballots.

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D) and Tina Smith (D) visited UMD.

Smith, who is running for reelection against Jason Lewis (R), said young people will likely shape the outcome of the election because they're concerned about issues like racial equity, the economy, and healthcare.

When asked about the recent Supreme Court confirmation and the potential to expand the judiciary, Smith said she's focused on the election right now.

"It's premature to talk about what we should do next but I think that Vice President Biden has a really good idea, which is to establish a commission to look at the entire judicial system. How do we make sure that it's functioning the way that it should?" said Smith.

Smith said the panel should be non-partisan or bi-partisan, made up of legal scholars and experts who can decide how to ensure the legal system is not politicized.

She did say she believes Republicans broke the rules and norms they themselves established for replacing Supreme Court justices.

Bonney Bowman

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