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The morning after announcing his second Supreme Court pick, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he did not discuss the abortion issue with new nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Interestingly, Kavanaugh himself raised the old argument then that no man or woman is above the law.

Republicans control the Senate by a slim 51-49 majority, meaning McConnell has little room for defections.

Capito, who attended Monday's announcement ceremony, said Kavanaugh emphasized his originalist view of the U.S. Constitution and what the Founding Fathers were thinking when they drafted the document. "And I think it's going to be a handsome thing to watch over the next month".

Kavanaugh has been particularly skeptical of regulation that is only tenuously related to legislation passed by Congress, Shapiro said.

This recent news regarding Kennedy's retirement comes just after the 2017-2018 Supreme Court session. Judge Kavanaugh got the nomination because he passed this litmus test, not because he'll be an impartial judge on behalf of all Americans. "I think he is an excellent choice by the president".

Baldwin also opposed Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right, meets with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., all of whom are running for re-election in states Trump won in 2016.

Administration officials told Politico that Trump spent the most time with Kavanaugh out of the other three candidates - he was interviewed at least twice - and was impressed with Kavanaugh's credentials and "fidelity to the Constitution", in Politico's words.

"One of the Senate's highest constitutional responsibilities is to provide advice and consent on nominations to the Supreme Court, and I look forward to the Senate fulfilling this critical duty through a fair and thorough confirmation process". That's because Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom Kavanaugh would succeed, typically voted in favor of business interests.

"Clearly, Democrats have already lined up", Pickerill noted.

She said that with Kavanaugh's credentials, "it's very hard for anyone to tell me that he's not qualified for the job". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. "In light of President Trump's promise to appoint justices who would overturn Roe, this nomination could jeopardize the right to an abortion millions of women and families have relied on for more than four decades", the ACLU said in a statement. Even if they do, states would immediately pass laws legalizing abortion and gay marriage. "If Senate Democrats want to obstruct this immensely qualified judge to appeal to their base, we'll make sure their constituents hold them accountable this November".