Midterm elections in wake of Kavanaugh confirmation

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Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks with Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace during an interview at the Associated Press in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

And Perry notes that voters ahead of the 2016 election said the Supreme Court was one of the major reasons they were voting for the presidential candidate of their choice. "Lose the Senate and the project of confirming judges is over for the last two years of President Trump". But he didn't say that was such great news.

"I think we can improve our position with women voters and with Hispanic voters for sure", he said. (Republicans are especially likely to say they are benefiting from an improved economy: 42% say their family is better off financially than they were a year ago, almost double the percentage of independents who say this, and more than three times the percentage of Democrats.) Republicans also cite immigration. As he told the Senate Judiciary Committee, "A majority of my 48 law clerks over the last 12 years have been women".

Democrats have led in the poll by as many as 8 percentage points, and just last week they had held a five-point advantage (47-42 percent).

"It's a great frustration", he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was welcomed at the White House with a standing ovation, on Sunday praised his party's senators, whom he said re-established the "presumption of innocence" in confirmation hearings.

In the process, the White House turned the FBI investigation of Ford's claims and Kavanaugh's (questionable) credibility into a whitewash. With chances of the Democratic Party being behind this, these allegations were meant to stop or delay the nomination of Kavanaugh. "I think a lot of Americans, especially a lot of Republicans, didn't like what they saw during those hearings coming from the Democratic side of the aisle", Scarborough replied. Heidi Heitkamp defied her state's support for Trump and voted against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Media captionDonald Trump's nominee has been embroiled in a bitter battle over sexual assault allegations.

Democrats say Trump's rhetoric since launching his 2016 campaign has been provocative, pugnacious and at times racist. He also pointed to Hispanic Republicans like Sens.

"We'll see if there's a vacancy in 2020", McConnell said.

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But he later questioned her credibility and mocked her at a rally. Feinstein has denied that she or her staff released the private letter.

"There were protesters in the Capitol who were making their voices heard, which is protected by the U.S. Constitution and something Republicans do all the time".

"When I talk with people in New Hampshire they understand the difference", Hassan continued.

The Trump administration made it easier to buy these plans -- allowing people to buy coverage for just under a year, versus the 90-day limit imposed by the Obama administration.

McConnell has marveled at the way the Supreme Court fight is animating Republican voters - who, polls showed, had been less enthusiastic before Kavanaugh advanced.

The Kavanaugh vote surely will influence the November elections, including the fate of Democratic Indiana Sen.

"Far be it from me to complain about obstruction, I've done my share of it".

One key nomination could be for a new attorney general if the president fires Jeff Sessions, as has been hinted, after the midterm elections.

No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of IL said Thursday that his response to GOP accusations of Democratic mob tactics "is to say three words: 'Lock her up'". "I look to the future, so I'm going to do everything I can to promote that collegiality". "But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength", Clinton said.

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