"I'm anxious about his opinion on the Fourth Amendment", Paul said a few weeks ago, speaking of the nominee.
After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have made a decision to support his nomination.
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"My conversation with Judge Kavanaugh reinforces my belief that he will evaluate cases before the Supreme Court from a textual and originalist point of view", Paul said. Assuming Democrats stick together, the party needs to turn two Republicans to block Kavanaugh's nomination, or only one if cancer-stricken John McCain (R-Arizona) misses the vote due to illness.
On Monday, Kavanaugh met with Democratic Sen. Howell Heflin. He said the process today is "much, much, much, much more political" and partisan. The wrath of the Democratic left in November might be less severe if Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation is assured before North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana's Joe Donnelly let the voters in on their decision.
Manchin, who is facing a push in West Virginia to support confirmation, did not come out with a position on confirmation after the meeting, instead describing it as "productive".
Paul's support for Kavanaugh is a blow to Democrats and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), who has said he will work to defeat Kavanaugh's confirmation with all of his strength. Only a simple majority is needed to confirm Kavanaugh, after Republicans eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees previous year. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is fighting brain cancer, they can not afford to lose a single Republican vote if all Democrats vote "no". Sens. Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota were the others. The letter also asks for any documents that were "written by, edited by, prepared in whole or part by, under the supervision of, or at the direction of" Kavanaugh, and any record that refers to him by name, his initials or his title. Democrats say they're crucial.
Paul had let Trump know he preferred other potential Supreme Court nominees he viewed as more conservative.