Democratic Senators Manchin And Heitkamp Signal Support For Kavanaugh Nomination

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Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) appear relatively upbeat about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) indicated Wednesday they have seen or heard nothing to this point that would turn them off from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, making the Trump appointee’s confirmation all the more likely.

"Not so far," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat, told CNN Wednesday afternoon when asked if anything she's heard so far would be considered disqualifying.

"No, I haven't seen anything from that standpoint," Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said when asked if he's heard anything that would lead him to vote no. "He's handled himself very professionally."

Both lawmakers said they will wait until the conclusion of Kavanaugh’s hearings to reach a final decision, but they are also under intense pressure to make the right choice, as red-state Democrats up for re-election.

Likewise, the two Republican Senators most likely to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation have suggested they also support the nominee:

The two most likely GOP defectors, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both have sounded positive about Kavanaugh.

And Collins suggested she wasn't concerned when asked Tuesday evening about Democratic complaints over the Trump administration's decision to withhold more than 100,000 pages of documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee over claims of privilege.

"I don't really understand their level of outrage when they had already made clear they were going to vote against any nominee that the President put forward," Collins told CNN, echoing Republican criticism of their Democratic counterparts.

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Yourhums
Yourhums

Contact them and pledge to donate to the campaign of whoever runs against them if they vote to confirm Kavanaugh. There's already a web site that will do the same thing for Collins. Send them the link so they can see how much is already raised for her potential, future opponent.

Stasche
Stasche

It must be made known that a vote for Kavanaugh WILL spearhead a revolt across this country which WILL shift the power in the House and Senate as we vote the yes voters out of office. It is WAY past time to grow a spine and stand up for the people who put you in office.

Anna Lee Coates
Anna Lee Coates

Manchin and Heitkamp need to get their heads out of the sand.

henryfacosta
henryfacosta

If either of these two democrats vote for Kavanaugh, they won't be reelected. Kavanaugh is tainted.

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