Texas could gain ally in President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

McGahn has long pushed for Kavanaugh to be considered for the Supreme Court, having worked with him in the Bush administration. A simple majority is required. He is also the first of three Senate Democrats who voted for Trump's first Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Stabenow said in a Monday statement that the vacancy "represents a very consequential moment for our country where we can chose to make progress on so many important issues for MI families or we can turn the clock back".

According to CNN's exit polling taken after the 2017 special election, more than half of Alabama voters in that special election (52%) said abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.

The White House meanwhile has leaned on them, with Trump meeting separately with the two shortly after Kennedy's resignation announcement. He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service". By your understanding, what were the legal principles that guided him in that case? It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this.

This time, it was the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

Murkowski, for her part, has signalled that Kavanaugh is more palatable than other choices on Trump's short list. When Trump announced Kavanaugh as his choice in the White House East Room Monday night, Kyl was there, seated next to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who will lead the confirmation proceedings.

Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, said Kavanaugh "has a stellar record of as an originalist, and has proven to be a strong defender of the Second Amendment and freedom of speech and religion".

"Well, I don't think anybody is going to overturn Roe v. Wade", Hatch told Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour". With Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., receiving cancer treatment in his home state, Republicans need all 50 Republicans, plus Pence as a tiebreaker, to confirm Kavanaugh, assuming no Democrats join them. They say Trump might be accused of a crime.

Kavanaugh said the question of whether a president can be indicted in office is debatable. He described how his mother went on to earn a law degree, become a prosecutor and a judge. If we line the current justices up and make some basic assumptions about Judge Kavanaugh's views, it looks like Chief Justice Roberts will fall in the middle.

"Both Democrats and Republicans are seizing on Kavanaugh's confirmation as the midterms approach, with both sides galvanizing their respective bases around the issue".

However, his selection will start a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate.

But Republicans hold the narrowest of majorities in the Senate: 51 Republicans, against 49 Democrats and Independents.

"They are a conservative institution, not only politically, but institutionally".

Trump on Monday nominated the District of Columbia Court of Appeals judge to fill the impending vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the high court.

Democrats plan to paint the Supreme Court appointee as a threat to abortion rights.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition. And that has continued to be the focus of several Supreme Court decisions since then.

Davidson College Associate Professor Andrew O'Geen is an expert on the dynamics of the Supreme Court, including the cooperative behavior of justices, the judicial review of federal laws and the dynamics of the Court's issue agenda. Mario Ritter was the editor.

VOA's Steve Herman reported this story.

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