Final Senate Vote On Kavanaugh Nomination Expected Saturday

While Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Kavanaugh's confirmation was a shining moment for the GOP heading into next month's pivotal elections, GOP Gov. John Kasich of OH predicted "a good year" for Democrats and said he wonders about "the soul of our country" in the long term after the tumultuous hearings.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One while flying to a campaign rally in Kansas, Trump said of Kavanaugh: "We're very honored that he was able to withstand this frightful, awful attack by the Democrats".

"We didn't attack Merrick Garland's background and try to destroy him".

A vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh today is also a vote to send a clear message about what the Senate is.

Trump told a raucous rally in Kansas late on Saturday that the confirmation marked "a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution".

Democratic senators, who had battled hard to block the 53-year-old judge, insisted the caustic battle over Kavanaugh would galvanize Democrats at the polls.

Trump, seeking a legacy as the president who put a strongly conservative stamp on the court, said on Saturday before the vote that Kavanaugh would do "great, great" job there.

That cloud stems from allegations of sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior by Kavanaugh while he was in high school and college, along with his politically charged testimony that labeled the look into his past a political hit job by Democrats.

President Donald Trump applauds as he take the stage to speak at a campaign rally at Kansas Expocentre, Oct. 6, 2018 in Topeka, Kan.

Kavanaugh's nomination blew up into a personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in the upstairs bedroom of a home in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982. We established the presumption of innocence is so important.


Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP's enthusiastic embrace of Kavanaugh despite the allegations may have shifted the political landscape - at least temporarily - by injecting new energy into the most passionate Republican voters a month before the election.

"Now more than ever, our country needs a Supreme Court justice who will rise above ideology, protect the rights of all Americans and preserve our system of checks and balances by stopping presidential abuse of executive power", Butterfield said.

On the same program, McConnell chuckled when asked if Republicans will not campaign against West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin now that he voted for Kavanaugh - the only Democrat to do so.

Ms Murkowski had earlier said that although Mr Kavanaugh was a "good man", he was "not the right person for the court at this time" and his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable". Kavanaugh's defense of himself was partisan beyond any precedent for a Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who was first elected in the "Year of the Woman" in 1992 after the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas, said that in confirming Kavanaugh the Senate would be telling young girls and women that "your voices just don't matter".

He said Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, frightful attack" that "nobody should have to go through". Heidi Heitkamp, who voted "no" on Kavanaugh.

After the vote, the president called Kavanaugh to congratulate him, the White House said in a statement. "And I know it for a fact because I spoke with her, she didn't stop". In the short term he will provide the decisive fifth vote for a conservative majority on the nine-member court.

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

"Is it more likely than not that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted Christine Ford?", Collins later added. "If they won't listen to our voices, then they'll listen to our vote".

Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations, denying them in angry and tearful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that was viewed live on television by around 20 million people.


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