"His nomination should be a non-starter for every member of the Senate concerned about the integrity of the special counsel's investigation and anxious about the Court undermining the rights of women to make their own medical decisions; civil rights; the rights of Americans to quality, affordable healthcare; voting rights; the rights of workers to organize for better wages and working conditions; and more", Booker said in a statement.
"Not being a politician, I think people wanted to hear what some of my choices may be, and it was pretty effective", Trump said of the list, on the day Kennedy's retirement was announced. Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have all been floated as possible "yes" votes for Kavanaugh, but on Tuesday, they were just as mum as their moderate colleagues on the other side of the aisle.
Cashman signed a letter, organized by Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill, backing the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who's now a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia. Kavanaugh also led the probe into the suicide of Clinton's Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster. In the case decided Monday that had to do with attorneys' fees, there would be no majority if Kavanaugh were to withdraw.
Democrats also focused on a law review article Kavanaugh wrote in 2009 that said a president should not face criminal investigation while in office, and instead be impeached for wrongdoing. Progressive stalwart Sherrod Brown of OH said: "I will make a decision after meeting with him".
"Kavanaugh's thorough and principled takedown of the mandate was indeed a roadmap for the Supreme Court - the Supreme Court dissenters, justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito, who explained that the mandate violated the Constitution", Walker said.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer charged that Trump "chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the Mueller investigation" while Cory Booker of New Jersey warned darkly that Trump "chose the one person that has written that he should have immunity from any investigation and from any kind of prosecution it might result in".
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says a weekend move by the Trump administration to undercut the Affordable Care Act is another reason for senators to closely scrutinize the president's Supreme Court nominee. If she took the bait, then Democrats would have it in their power to stop the judge's confirmation by their own efforts, and that might justify endangering a Democratic senator or two if it meant forcing Trump to appoint a different kind of SCOTUS justice.
Their confirmation is expected to shape the Supreme Court for many years to come. Jon Kyl, his guide for the confirmation process.
Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring from the Senate in January 2013.
Doug Jones of Alabama told the Guardian: "Now we have a nominee, it's a first step" but no further opinion on the nomination as of yet. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.
"He is a brilliant jurist, with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time", Trump said in his prime-time televised White House announcement.
Since 2006, Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often called the nation's second most powerful court.
In addition to abortion, the court could shift to the right on the death penalty, racial discrimination, environmental law and gay rights, all areas where Kennedy at least sometimes joined the court's liberal wing.
Furthermore, Cardin says, there are a host of other issues that Americans need to worry about should Trump get his way.