US senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

  • US senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

US senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

While some Supreme Court justices boast assets worth well over $1 million, President Trump's nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy - Brett Kavanaugh - appears to lead a much more modest lifestyle.

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

A Republican strategist involved in Senate races said court appointments are hugely motivating factors for evangelical voters and some rank-and-file Republicans who weren't Trump supporters right away. The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read.

Justice Kennedy, who was often considered the swing vote, occupies a far more liberal position in the system than Kavanaugh does.

"I'm concerned about getting into a trade war, and it seems like we may actually be in the early stages of it", he said. "This nomination holds out the threat of devastating consequences for workers rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, women's rights - including those to make our own health decisions".

"I hope in the end when push comes to shove that (Kavanaugh) will have acquitted himself in a way that will allow all 50 of our Republican senators to be able to vote for him", Thune said.

The poll also found the American public is torn on whether a "qualified" and "ethical" Supreme Court nominee should be evaluated on his stance on a specific issue.

Equality Florida policy director John Harris Maurer takes issue with Kavanaugh's record on LGBTQ rights.

Kavanaugh, in his previous court rulings, has steered clear, if only just, of offering clear insight into his views about abortion, but experts generally rate him as more conservative than all but Justice Clarence Thomas among the court's current occupants.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right, meets with Sen. Four states - North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Louisiana - would automatically ban abortions.

Kavanaugh still needs Senate confirmation to join the Court.

The 53-year-old will face a tough confirmation hearing, but if his nomination is defeated it won't be due to his apparent love of Nationals baseball if that's indeed what the debt was from. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. Even if they do, states would immediately pass laws legalizing abortion and gay marriage.

"Brett Kavanaugh has gotten rave reviews - rave reviews - actually, from both sides", Trump said Tuesday, a stark mischaracterization of Democrats' comments, as he left the White House for a weeklong overseas trip.

McConnell, who has been influential in shaping Trump's remaking of the judiciary, said, "What we'd like to see is a few open minds about this extraordinary talent".

"I got 800,000 people in jeopardy".