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King Cites Concerns About Kavanaugh Nomination

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"This is an even bigger fight than the one to get now-Justice Gorsuch confirmed and therefore the budget will be at least $10 million to confirm the president's next great justice", Carrie Severino, chief counsel with JCN, said in a statement to Fox News.

"We have the largest field program we've ever had, and we're using it to take Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation fight directly to voters". Rather than just playing it safe with a broad swath of voters anxious about access to health care and abortion, Democrats now see an opportunity to excite their base by fanning fears that the highest court in the land could turn into a bulwark to protect the man appointing its members. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who called the judge "a very fine man", and was to confer with Sen.

Although Republicans have a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, the absence of Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC and other senators.

"I think he's going to do well", he said. "There are a lot of people in America who still say, 'I voted for him, I guess he's OK.' But when you ask them, 'Does he need a check and balance?,' they say, 'Definitely'".

"Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's top deputy suggested over the weekend that in evaluating the president's then-unnamed Supreme Court nominee, red state Democrats should prioritize partisan opposition over their own re-election considerations", Benson noted.

Their unusual strategy, according to multiple senior Democratic strategists, is to apply as much pressure as possible on two moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski - as a way to not only possibly sink the nomination but to keep vulnerable red-state Democrats from supporting the nominee. But their lines of attack have expanded.

"She has tended to vote for the nominees, and I think it's pretty likely she'll do that again", said professor Amy Fried, chair of the University of Maine's Department of Political Science.

Starr says Kavanaugh is in his thoughts and prayers as he meets with senators on Capitol Hill and prepares for his confirmation hearing.

In his White House remarks after Trump announced his nomination, Kavanaugh seemed determined to show his feminist credentials, noting his mother's influence as a teacher and judge; his hiring at Harvard Law School by future Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan; and the number of women clerks he has hired on the D.C. Circuit.

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One key swing vote, Sen. "But nevertheless it's an issue that I certainly will raise with him".

Having navigated Washington's corridors of power since the 1990s, Kavanaugh, 53 and known for his personable ways, could also be more persuasive with his colleagues than other new justices. They won't pay much of a price if they end up as the 51st, 52nd and 53rd votes confirming Trump's nominee, adding a bipartisan veneer to the final vote.

"The essential message is Roe", Wikler said, citing the potential that a more conservative court would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Senators quickly confirmed his nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Kavanaugh worked as a White House staff secretary for President George W. Bush before Bush nominated him for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

"Whether the Constitution allows indictment of a sitting president is debatable", Kavanaugh wrote in the Georgetown Law Journal in 1998. Kavanaugh served in the Bush administration, including as the president's staff secretary.

"Judge Kavanaugh argued that a president should not be subject to an investigation while in office, that a president should be above criminal and civil indictments", Schumer said. The President's job is hard enough as is.

Kennedy broke some of the court's most monumental liberal-conservative ties, the most recent of which included decisions on the president's travel ban, labor unions and anti-abortion pregnancy centers.

"I will talk to my colleagues", Democratic Senator Kamala Harris told AFP, referring to Collins and Murkowski, as well as the three red-state Democrats, each of whom voted for Trump's first Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch a year ago.

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