Texas could gain ally in President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

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A Washington Post story Thursday brought to light that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh bought some baseball tickets for his friends on his personal credit cards, then later paid off the debts when his friends reimbursed him.

"I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the President, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either", Jones told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union", before Kavanaugh's nomination.

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

A Yale Law graduate, Kavanaugh clerked for retiring Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy. But for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - whose primary goal is to lock in all 50 present Republicans - Collins and Murkowski certainly haven't raised any significant red flags yet.

"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".

Grassley noted that Democrats were saying this before the announcement was even made.

Fallon tweeted back: "We already know the answers to these questions, Tim Kaine".

"I really consider Kavanaugh a friend of all the bill of rights provisions, I've studied other opinions of his, so yes, he would be a friend of the Second Amendment", said Stephen Halbrook, a lawyer and Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute.

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The Senate rejected his confirmation 58-42. "Throughout his judicial career, Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated a strong commitment to upholding the law, rather than legislating from the bench".

He said the attacks on Kavanaugh, which in the media have included attacks on his first name and his ethnicity, are an "extreme" distortion of his record.

Democrats face an uphill fight against Kavanaugh: He is impeccably credentialed, affable, well liked and well connected.

Compared to their initial attacks on Kavanaugh, Democrats are putting less stress in recent days on the possibility that he could threaten Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision supporting abortion rights.

Kavanaugh has also worked in the public sector and did not build his wealth through private practice, the report states.

Senator Charles Grassley believes President Trump's supreme court nominee is well qualified for the job and critics will have trouble preventing his quick confirmation.

Illustrating his point, protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court on Monday night had signs displaying opposition to other potential nominees, including Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge, and Thomas Hardiman.

Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) - condemned the choice and said Kavanaugh, if confirmed, could mean the end of Roe v. Wade and a negative impact on women.