Rand Paul announces he'll support Brett Kavanaugh

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President Donald Trump's US Supreme Court nominee finally met with a Democrat on Monday, as Senator Joe Manchin bucked his party and welcomed Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), another vulnerable Democratic senator up for re-election this year, announced he plans to meet with Kavanaugh on August 15.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to see Brett Kavanaugh's records from his tenure in the George W. Bush White House, probably in the hopes of finding incriminating information that could derail his Supreme Court nomination.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of the month.

In the most recent HuffPost/YouGov survey, a third of Americans say that the Supreme Court will be very important to their vote in the midterms.

"I am very concerned about his position on privacy and the Fourth Amendment", Paul told Politico's Burgess Everett in an interview.

Paul said Kavanaugh has a strong record of property rights and "reining in the administrative state", and has issued strong defenses of the First and Second Amendments involving the rights of free speech and to bear arms.

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"I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and will take his job to protect individual liberty seriously", Paul said in a statement. It would force vulnerable Democrats to stay in Washington where their vote on Kavanaugh will be scrutinized, instead of campaigning in their home districts, which may be why they're fighting the idea so adamantly.

With Republican Sen. John McCain still back home in Arizona battling brain cancer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can't afford to lose a single Republican vote.

The meeting reportedly was lengthy, two hours or more by some accounts.

Barrasso said that he looks forward to the Senate confirmation hearings, which have yet to be scheduled. Howell Heflin. He said the process today is "much, much, much, much more political" and partisan.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the Republican who holds West Virginia's other U.S. Senate seat, wrote an op-ed in The Journal, a newspaper in Martinsburg, urging senators to give Judge Kavanaugh a fair shake. Judge Kavanaugh will have my support and my vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans viewed as possible no votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

In HuffPost/YouGov's polling, net support for confirming Kavanaugh was 13 percentage points lower than net support for Gorsuch; that gap was 6 points in a Fox News survey and 7 points in both Pew Research and Gallup's polling.