United States President Donald Trump named Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, two weeks after Justice Anthony Kennedy confirmed his retirement. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - previously voted for Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation and are being courted by the White House as potentially votes for Kavanaugh, as well. Plus, Flake's predecessor in the Senate, Jon Kyl, will be guiding Kavanaugh through the confirmation process. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
That insider status can help Kavanaugh win over the Washington elite and secure enough Senate votes to avoid an embarrassing loss for Trump. "The tough job for all of us is to go to work". He wanted to make sure we got it right.
Each of those Democrats will have to decide what to do, and all of their choices involve risk. "He's conservative. but I think he is respectful of the court and the court system as institutions". The effort has flooded their respective home zones with anti-Kavanaugh advertisements meant to foment public pressure on the two lawmakers to vote against the nominee.
Democrats have targeted health care, abortion rights and past writings on presidential investigations in the initial stages of their push to sink Brett Kavanaugh's nomination.
Given how some lawmakers of color have come out critically of Kavanaugh already, it is expected Kavanaugh will be asked about these issues.
"I look forward to standing with my colleagues and all Americans in what will be the most important fight of our lifetimes". "I do not apply an ideological test to their personal views". Justices Alito, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor were all members of Phi Alpha Delta. I found them qualified to sit on the court.
Michael McDaniel, a constitutional law professor at Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School, said Kavanaugh is a judge with significant experience in cases involving federal agencies and has a deep understanding of both the judicial and executive branch.
Many of Heitkamp's colleagues-as well as her Republican opponent for Senate this November, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.,-shared their thoughts nearly immediately after the announcement. Kavanaugh needs only a simple majority of 50 votes for confirmation; there are 51 Republicans in the upper chamber, but Sen. With ailing Republican John McCain unable to vote, they have little wiggle room.
"He's been on the court just over 30 years and he's been in the majority in every single environmental case but one".
"I'm not anxious about it at this point", Sen. "And I think it's going to be a lovely thing to watch over the next month". "He deserves a fair process and we intend to give him that". Organizers are asking three veterans of other Great America bus tours, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, actor Jon Voight and Fox News pundit Tomi Lahren, to return as draws for the grass-roots effort but have not yet confirmed their participation.
But there's no doubt that a senator like Jones faces more pressure to support the President than other Democrats, as he's located in a strongly red state. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Clinton's former running mate for tweeting, "Here's what I'm wondering about the #SCOTUSpick: Will Judge Kavanaugh respect rulings to uphold the ACA?"
The case would then go to the Supreme Court. "I haven't even met 'em", she said, picking up her pace as she walked through the Capitol's basement to escape a growing throng of reporters. He said it was clear that many Democrats "didn't care who the nominee was at all". "Like Trump's first nominee a year ago, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of" Obamacare".