Rand Paul Announces He’ll Support Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

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The Kentucky Republican previously expressed reservations about Kavanaugh's opinion on privacy and national security. And he said it very strongly and explicitly. "And that worries me".

"Hopefully most of the appropriation bills will be passed, a little better prioritization of spending, so I certainly don't like playing shut down politics", said Sen.

"During his time in the Bush White House, Brett Kavanaugh nearly certainly was involved with numerous legal and policy issues that impact the lives and rights of LGBTQ people, including hate crimes legislation, non-discrimination protections for federal workers, and a proposed Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in every state", said HRC Associate Legal Director Robin Maril.

"I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and take his job to protect individual liberty seriously", Paul added. Several Republican senators are still on the fence about him. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are likely the two GOP holdouts on Kavanaugh. The senator held a roundtable in Charleston earlier this month with constituents and various organizations regarding Kavanaugh.

After Manchin said he would talk with Kavanaugh, another red-state Democrat, Sen.

The Senate's top Democrat is appealing to former President George W. Bush in a fight over documents related to Supreme Court nominee and former Bush aide Brett Kavanaugh.

If Kavanaugh receives the vote of every Republican Senator other than John McCain who is incapacitated, he can be confirmed without any Democratic support. Joe Manchin for almost two hours. However, I'd say that, barring the discovery of something adverse and major in Kavanaugh's past, his chances of winning 50 Republican votes are good.

Schumer has reportedly urged those potential swing voters to keep their cards to themselves and remain tight-lipped on their decisions, forcing Republicans to work at locking down their own team before turning their attention to their opponents.

Kavanaugh, who was nominated to replace retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, served for two years in the counsel's office and three years as staff secretary - a high-ranking position that controls the flow of documents in and out of the Oval Office. And they say the up-to-1 million pages of records they do expect to release will be the largest number of documents produced in connection with a Supreme Court nomination.

In HuffPost/YouGov's polling, net support for confirming Kavanaugh was 13 percentage points lower than net support for Gorsuch; that gap was 6 points in a Fox News survey and 7 points in both Pew Research and Gallup's polling.