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Top Dem: I'm sure Booker, Harris would agree we need more civility 

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday that he believes the party should conduct itself with "more civility" following dramatic displays this week by two Democrats during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

"A recent book, 'How Democracies Die,' talked about, beyond the obvious, beyond the values of America, beyond the Constitution, there's mutual tolerance and forbearance that keep this democracy on track," Durbin said on NBC's "Meet the Press," referencing a 2018 book by Harvard political scientists Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky. 

"I think what the president has said, and what I agree with, and I think my colleagues, including Sens. [Cory] Booker [D-N.J.] and [Kamala] Harris [D-Calif.] would agree with, is that we need to be more civil to one another, we need to obviously do our job." 

"But at the end of the day, we need to have a focus on the fact that this country moves forward when we do it in a positive way, with mutual tolerance and forbearance," Durbin added.

Harris and Booker both drew attention this week during the days-long Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh. Both grilled the nominee over his views on hot-button issues such as affirmative action and abortion, prompting GOP lawmakers to accuse the two of using the hearing to bolster possible 2020 presidential runs. 

Booker drummed up a political firestorm when he released "committee confidential" emails from Kavanaugh that gave insight into the nominee's views on whether Roe v. Wade is "settled law" and on affirmative action. The emails likely did not contain any information that turned the tide away from Kavanaugh, but Booker insisted he released the emails as a matter of principle to serve the American people. 

It was later reported that the crop of emails Booker released was already declassified by the time he made them public. 

Harris also laid into Kavanaugh over issues that would appeal to a progressive audience, including women's right to an abortion and Kavanaugh's interactions with a Trump-connected law firm.

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