GOP candidate Ted Cruz was called out by CBS debate moderator John Dickerson for saying, incorrectly, that no Supreme Court justices were confirmed in election years for 80 years.
Dickerson pointed out that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, was confirmed in 1988, which was an election year.
“But Kennedy was confirmed in ’88,” Dickerson pointed out.
Cruz then paused and said, incorrectly, “No, Kennedy was confirmed in ’87.”
After Dickerson said he wanted to get the facts straight for the audience, the audience began booing.
There have only been 60 presidential election years in U.S. history.
Watch the exchange, as posted to YouTube, here: