But in the hearing Kavanaugh largely danced around the issue by reciting the facts of the case without disclosing his own legal view. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) made salient points. "But unbelievably, almost two dozen Democrats have still not come out against Kavanaugh, and just last week, you helped Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fast track 15 Trump judicial nominees".
Characterizing Kavanaugh as "an extremist who will help institutionalize Trump's hate for a generation", the groups also acknowledge Kavanaugh's record as an appellate judge, noting concerns that he will prevent women from obtaining abortions, help the Trump administration gut the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "decimate Obamacare, supercharge voter suppression", and serve as "Trump's get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to the Mueller investigation".
"Senator, I said that it's settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court entitled to respect", Kavanaugh told senators in response to a question from Sen.
"That takes some backbone", he said of the justices who decided those cases.
Liberals worry that Kavanaugh could provide a decisive fifth vote on the nine-justice court to overturn or weaken the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent", he said.
Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, to fill the seat of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the court, which already had a conservative majority, further to the right.
"Sending out fundraising emails DURING A HEARING about opposition to a Supreme Court nominee is not the job of a Senator".
Wednesday was a little calmer, after the opening day on Tuesday quickly became a cacophony of yelling protesters incensed at the choice of Kavanaugh and repeated interruptions by Democratic senators angry at the late disclosure of documents by the White House about the judge's track record. No senator, Democrat or Republican, should gamble that he really in his heart doesn't believe these things are permissible.
Trump jumped into the fray Tuesday, saying on Twitter that Democrats were "looking to inflict pain and embarrassment" on Kavanaugh. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "And there will be a lot of heat".
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second highest-ranking Republican in the Senate, said the hearing had degenerated into "mob rule" within the first hour.
"There are battles worth fighting, regardless of the outcome", Sen. That's not the word commonly used by Democrats for Republican nominees attempting to adhere to the "Ginsburg standard", needless to say.
The confirmation hearing opened on Tuesday in a circus-like session in which Democrats complained that Republicans withheld documents from Kavanaugh's work in ex-President George W. Bush's White House more than a decade ago that they said they needed to review to vet the nominee.
On the eve of the hearing Monday night, the Senate was given an additional 42,000 pages of documents, prompting criticism from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
"This isn't his first rodeo", said the official, who acknowledged that Kavanaugh has been a judge for 12 years and judges don't often get interrupted or stopped mid-sentence.
"It is about politics", said Cruz.
"I'm very honored to be here", Kavanaugh said. "Yes, of course he will", the former presidential nominee tweeted.
Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko and Ken Thomas contributed.