Prior to being tapped by Trump, some conservatives questioned Kavanaugh's bona fides, and he's controversial with Democrats because of his role in the Starr investigation of Clinton.
Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said that based off the president's list, it's "near impossible" to selected a nominee who isn't hostile to the Affordable Care Act and women's reproductive rights. In addition to Kavanaugh, in recent days he expressed renewed interest in Hardiman, the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking.
In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to President Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigations.
It is not exaggeration to say that the prospect of tipping the balance of the Supreme Court was the reason why evangelical conservative voters, who had plenty of reason to worry about Trump's character, made a decision to stick with him during the 2016 election campaign.
Casey faces Republican Lou Barletta, who was endorsed by President Trump about three months before the state's primary election this past May. Trump has been struggling with Kavanaugh's association with the Bush family, however, an issue the Post calls the "Bush factor". Kavanaugh said, "My judicial philosophy is straightforward". As recently as previous year, he disregarded Supreme Court precedent and opposed the health care rights of a vulnerable young woman. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who opposes abortion, announced on Monday he can not support a process that involved Trump's picking from a list of 25 candidates selected by conservatives and big business.
According to The Associated Press, Sen.
"Justice Kennedy's resignation letter barely arrived in the President's hands before several Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all - anyone - that the President might name", McConnell said Monday. He's urging people to make their voices heard, an indirect reference to voicing their objections to senators.
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The Center for American Progress Action Fund, which is affiliated with Tanden's group, is among the groups taking part in a rally at the Supreme Court tonight to protest Trump's pick. Kennedy, a 1988 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, was the most unpredictable. "So I think he's someone who would appeal to many people in our country".
"That's a big one. and probably not", Trump said. He also praised Kennedy. The framers established that the Constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty.
Brett Kavanaugh - Kavanaugh now serves on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
On Monday, Trump phoned retiring Justice Kennedy to inform him that his former law clerk would be nominated to fill his seat.
Kavanaugh, 53, has been a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2006.
Kavanaugh served under President George W. Bush which is partly why some have labeled him as more of an establishment choice.
They include Judge Raymond Kethledge, 51, who sits on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, who would puncture the Ivy League aura that cloaks the Supreme Court since he studied law at the University of MI and not Harvard or Yale. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.
Born in Maryland, he is the son of two lawyers and attended Yale University and Yale Law School.