Administration officials told Politico that Trump spent the most time with Kavanaugh out of the other three candidates - he was interviewed at least twice - and was impressed with Kavanaugh's credentials and "fidelity to the Constitution", in Politico's words. Democrats on the Judiciary Committee took to the steps of the Supreme Court to protest President Donald Trump's choice, which is for the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
A Boston Globe analysis of over 500 roll-call votes made by Collins shows she has favored those candidates for judicial positions - including district court, circuit court of appeals, and the Supreme Court, among other appointments - nearly 99 percent of the time.
"I will oppose this nominee with everything that I've got", Schumer told MSNBC, warning that a more conservative court including Kavanaugh could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion and end protections under the Affordable Care Act healthcare law known as Obamacare.
"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade, because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law", she said.
But Kavanaugh's nomination has triggered consternation among pro-choice progressives who have viewed him as a threat to abortion rights.
Speaking at the White House, Kavanaugh pledged to preserve the Constitution and said that "a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
In his 2006 confirmation hearing for the D.C. Circuit, New York Democratic Sen.
One case likely to draw attention is Kavanaugh's 2015 dissenting opinion on the health care law's contraceptives mandate. "This decision will directly impact nearly 40 percent of my state, so I'm very interested in his position". And they certainly want Trump's choice confirmed before the November election, when Democrats have a long-shot chance of retaking the Senate majority. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W. Bush's campaign during the election recount in 2000 and served in the Bush White House.
"I especially want to express our gratitude to Mitch McConnell for all that he did to make this achievement possible", Trump said.
"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an terrible lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.
Schumer urged voters to mobilize against Kavanaugh's nomination.
Through the two public appearances, Kavanaugh followed the standard Supreme Court nominee rule of thumb to be seen but not heard, smiling and ignoring shouted questions from reporters, including one from ABC's Jon Karl about whether he thinks he can overcome Democratic opposition. Based on his opinions and published articles, Cardin says, it's clear that Kavanaugh thinks presidents should not be burdened with legal problems while in office. There is a small contingent of Democrats from states that Trump won in 2016 who face narrow paths to reelection this fall.
Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition.
The president has already begun using the high court vacancy as a rallying cry as he campaigns for Republicans across the country.