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Republican Senator Rand Paul supports Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

31 July 2018

"I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and take his job to protect individual liberty seriously", Paul added. "I think it's irresponsible to announce your position minutes after the nominee is announced".

Manchin was one of three red-state Democrats in April 2017 to vote for confirming Neil Gorsuch to the high court.

The dispute has become a focal point in the confirmation process, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accusing Republicans of "hiding" something in Kavanaugh's record.

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. John McCain is absent due to treatment for brain cancer. 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".

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Paul's support could prove critical to the White House's effort to secure the votes needed for Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Manchin says he's interested in Kavanaugh's views on the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

"West Virginians understand how important it is for government agencies to be confined to their authority under the law".

Of course, my vote is not a single-issue vote, and much of my reading and conversation has been in trying to figure out exactly how good Judge Kavanaugh will be on other issues before the Court. The senator held a roundtable in Charleston earlier this month with constituents and various organizations regarding Kavanaugh.

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"We already have access to a voluminous judicial record and will have access to the largest document production for a Supreme Court nominee ever", Grassley said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, has described his role as staff secretary as being an "honest broker for the president, someone who tries to ensure that the range of policy views on various subjects are presented to the president in a fair and even-handed way". Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., met with Kavanaugh July 12.

All but one, from Quinnipiac, find the support for his confirmation outstripping the opposition. The senator has also asked West Virginia residents to send him questions for the meeting. Manchin to do the courageous thing and support Kavanaugh now.

Upon reviewing Kavanaugh's other rulings, Paul apparently warmed to the judge.

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Republican Senator Rand Paul supports Trump’s Supreme Court nominee