"And I am very concerned about what his nomination will mean for future generations on these issues and so many more". John Hoeven, R-N.D., who was in the White House during the president's news conference.
Whether or not their opposition was predetermined, the Democratic leadership in the Senate is ready to stand beside the Women's March in the effort to block Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh, who has never worked in the private sector, showed two investments on public disclosure forms for a year ago, which were worth a combined maximum of $65,000. "The record is just so extensive - 12 years on the bench, and the court which he serves on, the DC Circuit, is a very important court", said Starr.
At Hatch's office in the Capitol, the senator told reporters he expects Kavanaugh's confirmation to go well.
Kavanaugh in the article noted that one critique of deferral is that the country needs a check against a bad-behaving or law-breaking president.
Compared to their initial attacks on Kavanaugh, Democrats are putting less stress in recent days on the possibility that he could threaten Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision supporting abortion rights. It's unclear what evidence there is for that, other than Trump's promise to appoint anti-abortion judges.
"Let's put it this way: There were some who have been on the list that I would have had a very, very hard time supporting, just based on what was already publicly known about them", Murkowski (R-Alaska) said in an interview on Monday.
At the White House Monday, Kavanaugh invoked the value of legal precedent again, saying, "a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent".
"Brett Kavanaugh is a right-wing ideologue selected off the ultra-conservative Federalist Society's judicial wish list", U.S. Sen.
She did not explicitly say whether she would support Trump's pick.
The groups plan to develop two sets of ads, with one targeting Democratic incumbent senators up for reelection in Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri and Montana, who voted against Trump's last nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are among those on his radar.
Democrats hope to model their opposition on their successful effort fending off a repeal of the Affordable Care Act previous year, despite a Republican majority in Congress.
Obviously, dramatic news about Kavanaugh's record or values that proves disqualifying would change the nature of the confirmation process. Kavanaugh sided with a religious group that objected to having to notify their insurer or the federal government if they wanted an exemption.
Democrats are increasingly critical of Kavanaugh - in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the campaign's collusion with Russian Federation - for once penning an article saying presidents shouldn't face investigations and lawsuits, calling them "time-consuming and distracting", the Dallas Morning News reported.
Democrats are targeting moderate Republican Sens. "There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving". The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.
In 2009, writing in the Minnesota Law Review, he argued that civil suits and criminal investigations are a burdensome distraction for a president: "Like civil suits, criminal investigations take the president's focus away from his or her responsibilities to the people". When a court wants to invalidate a portion of a law, it usually also has to determine whether Congress would have considered other aspects of the law unworkable without it.
Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton.