Senator Graham Slams Democratic Dissent of Kavanaugh

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"I think he's going to do well", he said.

"I think immigration is going to be dominating. and [the] economy and those kinds of things will sort of reset".

Democrats on Wednesday were reorienting their uphill push to block U.S. Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, moving healthcare to the center of their strategy and putting less emphasis on abortion rights.

Republicans control the chamber, and they are eager to play a role in firming up the court's conservative majority to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote. The groups sent Palin to Alabama past year to support Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Grassley noted that Democrats were saying this before the announcement was even made. Jones is already getting pressure from Republicans back home, including a potential challenger in Jones's 2020 reelection, to support Kavanaugh.

"To my Democratic colleagues, I ask no more of you than I ask for myself, use the qualifications standard, having said that, I know most won't", Graham said. In 2006, the year Kavanaugh became a federal appeals judge, he had between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt spread among three credit cards and a loan.

"Any judge who demonstrated hostility to Roe would not be a person that I could vote for".

"If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case and interpret the constitution", Kavanaugh said.

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Obviously, dramatic news about Kavanaugh's record or values that proves disqualifying would change the nature of the confirmation process.

Third, Trump picked the only finalist with judicial writings on the two biggest issues Democrats want to elevate during the confirmation process: a woman's right to choose and the status of the Affordable Care Act.

Judge Kavanaugh seems to have a pretty long paper trail-does that mean we can more confidently infer his positions? The NRA's six million members and tens of millions of supporters who voted for President Trump have ensured that the framers' vision of constitutional freedom will have a strong voice on the court for decades to come.

Compared to their initial attacks on Kavanaugh, Democrats are putting less stress in recent days on the possibility that he could threaten Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision supporting abortion rights.

Democrats, including Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, are anxious Kavanaugh could try to weaken the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights should he be confirmed to the bench.

The second scenario is like the first, except with one or two Republicans opposing Kavanaugh, thereby putting Democratic senators in Republican states in the hot seat.

But any events that prolong the replacement of Justice Kennedy - especially past the midterm elections - would elevate the Supreme Court fight in the minds of many voters, thereby improving GOP prospects.

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