Vulnerable Red State Dems Promise 'Fair' Consideration Of Kavanaugh For SCOTUS

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Sullivan and Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, worked together in the George W. Bush administration, and the senator said he has followed Kavanaugh's career since.

Democrats intend to press the issue at Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings to persuade their colleagues to vote against him.

"We know what we are getting with judge Kavanaugh", Graham added.

But Sharpton and the others framed their opposition to Kavanaugh as the threat he poses to the civil rights of Americans, specifically "rights" to abortion and contraceptives on demand, universal health care, gay marriage, and racial consideration for college admission.

"I think it will be a very noisy confirmation process", he said. "Baldwin's no vote will directly contradict the will of the people".

Democrats have pointed to past Kavanaugh judicial writings as evidence that he believes a president is above the law.

But for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - whose primary goal is to lock in all 50 present Republicans - Collins and Murkowski certainly haven't raised any significant red flags yet.

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Democrats need to all vote as a block and have a few Republicans come over to their side to stop Kavanaugh's confirmation, neither is likely to happen.

While one national political analyst said McCain, who has been in Arizona since late past year battling brain cancer, may be willing to give up his seat if it would help Kavanaugh be confirmed, another Arizona lawmaker has different thoughts. He is also the main defendant in at least two high-profile lawsuits, one filed by porn star Stormy Daniels and another defamation suit by former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos.

According to this system, the only judge more conservative than Kavanaugh is Justice Clarence Thomas.

While the two issues are closely linked, the change aligns with polling that shows healthcare is a major concern for swing-state voters ahead of November's congressional elections, with abortion rights more divisive.

They believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may try to make the president testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation. He also elevated William Rehnquist from an associate justice to chief. "He is humble, collegial and cares deeply about the federal courts".

"He's absolutely honest and straight forward, and I think he'll make an excellent Justice on the United States Supreme Court", said Orrin Hatch of Utah, a long-serving Senate Judiciary Committee member.

While Kavanaugh has an impressive and lengthy resume in government and federal judicial service, he is just 53 years old, meaning that if he's confirmed, he could influence the court's direction for decades to come.