Sen. John McCain calls this 'a bad day for Democracy' after Republicans go 'nuclear'

Republicans in the Senate went nuclear on Thursday, and some of their own party members are not happy. Senator John McCain said after the move, Thursday was "a bad day for democracy."

McCain was upset with fellow Republicans who voted to change Senate rules. The nuclear option changes long-standing rules in order to block Democrats from filibustering against Supreme Court nominees.

"I think it's a terrible mistake that we will regret for many, many years to come," McCain said.

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A photo taken by a French cameraman in 1967 shows US Navy Airforce Major John McCain lying on a bed in a Hanoi hospital as he was being given medical care for his injuries. John McCain was captured in 1967 at a lake in Hanoi after his Navy warplane was downed by the Northern Vietnamese army during the Vietnam War.
P368426 01: (File Photo) Senator John Mccain Is Pulled Out Of A Hanoi Lake By North Vietnamese Army Soldiers And Civilians October 26, 1967 In Hanoi, North Vietnam. Mccain's A-4E Skyhawk Was Shot Down By A Surface-To-Air Missile. Mccain Broke Both Arms And His Right Knee Upon Ejection And Lost Consciousness Until He Hit The Water. (Photo By Getty Images)
P368426 04: (File Photo) Senator John Mccain In A Hanoi Hospital During The Vietnam War November, 1967. (Photo By Getty Images)
P368426 06: (File Photo) A Statue Commemorating October 26, 1967, The Day Lt. Cmdr. John Mccain Was Captured By The North Vietnamese Army, Stands In Hanoi, North Vietnam. (Photo By Getty Images)
P368426 05: (File Photo) A Mug Shot Of Senator John Mccain As A P.O.W. Taken By The North Vietnamese Sometime Between 1967-73 (Photo By Getty Images)
HANOI, VIET NAM: This file picture taken in 1967 shows US Navy Airforce Major John McCain lying on a bed in a Hanoi hospital as he was being given medical care for his injuries. McCain was captured in 1967 at a lake in Hanoi after his Navy warplane was downed by the Northern Vietnamese army during the Vietnam War. One of his rescuers said 24 February 2000, McCain was well treated after being pulled from the lake by villagers. McCain said that upon capture he was beaten by an angry mob and bayoneted in the groin. (B/W ONLY) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)
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The Arizona senator called the decision a terrible mistake and a "slippery slope" that the Senate will regret for years. But after all the talk, he did stand with his party and end up voting for it.

Earlier this week, McCain told reporters that "there's not a single senator in the majority who thinks w ought to change the legislative filibuster, not one."

The Senate will hold the final confirmation vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch on Friday.

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