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Alabama Sen. Doug Jones is a Democrat representing a red state, which probably has something to do with his open mind to Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Despite Kavanaugh's qualifications, some Democrats have already expressed opposition.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Rand Paul of Kentucky could potentially have some problems with Kavanaugh. They warn that Kavanaugh could be part of majority decisions rolling back women's access to abortion and undoing aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

President Trump's prime-time Supreme Court nominee announcement Monday was witnessed by a live television audience of almost 26 million, according to Nielsen data - a sizable viewership, but smaller than his last.

They believe Kavanaugh, who would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, will mean overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion nationwide, eroding the rights of the LGBTQ community and weakening gun laws.

He was making the rounds on Capitol Hill Wednesday, paying courtesy calls tp some of the senators who will decide his fate.

Gun Control is up first, as Kavanaugh's nomination has many Americans asking about his record on the Second Amendment and looking to his judicial record for clues to his thinking on the issue.

In this series, the National Law Review will examine Kavanaugh's record on some major issues as well as synthesize external analysis of his positions from major players in the field. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is a member Senate Judiciary Committee, which conducts the confirmation hearing.

No date has been set for confirmation hearings.

Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination.

Kavanaugh said the question of whether a president can be indicted in office is debatable.

In addition, the New York Democrat said, the nominee's writings reveal an expansive view of presidential authority that is ominous in the Trump era.

"I know that you can't vote "yes" because of the politics of the moment".

Mr. Schumer has also identified abortion rights as a key issue in the political battle over President Trump's nomination of Mr. Kavanaugh. This includes launching a $5 million ad campaign and harnessing #StopKavanaugh on social media. Elizabeth Warren tweeted yesterday, following up on her initial Monday night tweet: "Trump wants to put Brett Kavanaugh on the SCOTUS -but he can't do it without a Senate majority".

Senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and West Virginia's Joe Manchin will no doubt face massive pressure from their own party to toe the line and vote no.

McConnell compared the Democrats' quick targeting of Kavanaugh to their targeting and successful blocking of Judge Robert Bork, who President Reagan nominated to the Supreme Court.


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