"I've tried to be on a media blackout for the sake of my mental health," Barrett told the committee. "You can't keep yourself walled off from everything and I'm aware of a lot of the characters that are floating around."
She added: "We knew that our lives would be combed over for any negative detail. We knew that our faith would be caricatured. We knew our family would be attacked. And so we had to decide whether those difficulties would be worth it because what sane person would go through that if there wasn't a benefit on the other side?"
Barrett continued to say that the profit is "that I'm committed to the rule of law and the role of the Supreme Court in dispensing equal justice for all. And I'm not the only person who can do this job. But I was asked, and it would be difficult for anyone. So why should I say someone else should do the difficulty if the difficulty is the only reason to say no"
The hearing Tuesday began with fervent attacks from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein tried to criticize Barrett's abortion stance, as well as her opinions on gun rights and the ACA.
"What I'm trying to do very briefly this morning is to demonstrate the difference between politics and judging," Graham, R-S.C., said as he opened the hearing before saying he would present his preferred health care vision.
"All of my colleagues on the other side had emotional pleas about Obamacare," Graham said. "ObamaCare has been a disaster for the state of South Carolina. All of you over there want to impose ObamaCare on South Carolina. We don't want it. We want something better" Graham also mentioned hospital closings, premium increases and a higher proportion of federal money going to blue states under the ACA.
"I want a better deal," Graham said. "The best way to get innovation is to allow people to try different things to get better outcomes."
Meanwhile, Feinstein, D-Calif., asked Barrett to be forthright about her views on abortion and Roe v. Wade.
"I do want to be forthright and answer every question so far as I can," Barrett said, citing Justice Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing. "She said that she was not going to grade precedent or give it a thumbs up or thumbs down."
"It would actually be wrong and in violation of the cannons for me to do that as a sitting judge," Barrett added.