Nation: One Republican's Ordeal

The Haynsworth fight was rough on all Senators, but it was particularly painful to those Republicans who had doubts about the judge's fitness for the high court. Typical of these troubled Senators was Maryland's Charles McC. Mathias Jr., 47, a former Congressman serving his first term in the Senate. He talked about the agony of his decision to vote against Haynsworth to TIME Correspondent Neil MacNeil.

"I went to the President's aides very early in the game, when the smoke began to rise, and conveyed my serious doubts about the nomination," says Mathias. "They asked me to keep an open mind to...

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