That's it folks: Rand Paul declares support for Kavanaugh


A key Republican senator said Monday he will support Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Now that it's clear Paul will support the judge, Republicans should have enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh without Democrat support, provided Sens.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, as Supreme Court justice on July 9, calling him a man with "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

"I will not make a final decision on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination until I complete a thorough and fair examination of his candidacy in order to decide whether he should hold the position of Associate Justice on the highest court in the land, just as I did with Neil Gorsuch", Manchin also said.

Schumer, who has pledged to oppose the nomination "with everything I have", acknowledged the difference of opinion on the nomination in the letter, but said Bush should still support a full view of Kavanaugh's records.

Paul said that his conversation with Kavanaugh Tuesday convinced him that he would evaluate Supreme Court cases "from a textual and originalist point of view". I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and will take his job to protect individual liberty seriously.

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Sen. Paul also cheered Kavanaugh's stances on the First and Second Amendments, due process, and "reining in the administrative statement".

Depending on turnout at the time of the vote, Democrats will likely need all 49 members of their caucus to vote against confirmation and then persuade one or two Republicans to vote against Judge Kavanagaugh as well. "Manchin making a craven political calculation once the outcome has already been decided", Morrisey said. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin became the first Democrat to meet with the nominee on Monday and Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly is expected to follow suit on August 15. After the meeting, which lasted over two hours, Manchin remained tight-lipped as to how he meant to vote. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is fighting brain cancer, Republicans can not afford to lose a single GOP vote to confirm Kavanaugh if all Democrats vote "no".

"The Republican majority has cast aside Democratic wishes for openness and transparency and has made a partisan request for only a small subset of Judge Kavanaugh's records", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday morning.

"All I'm going to say is it truly was a very productive meeting and it helped me and my staff understand". Democrats say they're crucial.