States brace for abortion fights after Kavanaugh nomination

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"I think immigration is going to be dominating. and [the] economy and those kinds of things will sort of reset".

With President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement on the Supreme Court, the fate of Roe v. Wade and women's reproductive rights have sparked a sharp debate.

President Donald Trump named judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court on Monday night, and the Senate is gearing up for his confirmation.

Because Republicans hold a slim majority, 51-49, narrowed further by the absence of GOP Sen.

"President Trump vowed he'd never let the NRA down, and with the Kavanaugh pick, he chose someone whose judicial record demonstrates a unsafe view of the Second Amendment that elevates gun rights above public safety". He came out in the hours before Trump even made the selection and said you know what? "Don't defame him for living a life most of us would be proud of", Graham said.

A liberal group, Demand Justice, has promised its own $5 million ad campaign to defeat Kavanaugh, focused on Democratic senators from Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia and Republicans from ME and Alaska.

Fourth, senators will also demand to see a treasure trove of documents that may unlock previously hidden aspects of Kavanaugh's views. Plus, Flake's predecessor in the Senate, Jon Kyl, will be guiding Kavanaugh through the confirmation process.

Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, said Kavanaugh "has a stellar record of as an originalist, and has proven to be a strong defender of the Second Amendment and freedom of speech and religion".

Grassley, whose committee will first consider Kavanaugh's nomination, told Fox Business today that his Tuesday meeting with Kavanaugh left him with the impression of "a person that's well-versed in the law, very respected by other judges, quite - I should say great faith to interpreting the law, not stretching the law, following congressional intent". "Critics on the Right have pointed out that while Kavanaugh is undoubtedly brilliant and conservative, he seems to be something of a judicial politician".

"In exchange for this act of good will, Democrats will insist that Judge Kavanaugh answer all fair questions at his confirmation hearing", he wrote.

FILE - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell greets Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 10, 2018. Unlike Murkowski, she voted for President Barack Obama's two Supreme Court picks, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

And, in an interview earlier, he predicted that the potential new justice wouldn't be the deciding vote in overturning Roe v. Wade, the decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

Meanwhile some Democrats say they will try to block Kavanaugh's confirmation, and his vetting process has just begun.

"I am here tonight because I'm a United States senator", Sen.

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