Democratic Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampMcConnell sets key Kavanaugh vote for Friday Poll: Heitkamp trails Cramer by 12 points in North Dakota Election Countdown: Dems raising millions in fight for House | Trump attacks potential challengers | GOP finalizes 2020 convention plans | Dems see Kavanaugh fight driving women voters to the polls | Bloomberg spending big for Senate Dems MORE (N.D.) stated on Thursday that she’s going to oppose Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“The method has been unhealthy … I will likely be voting ‘no’ on Decide Kavanaugh,” Heitkamp told North Dakota radio station, WDAY.
Heitkamp, who’s operating for reelection, was considered one of three Democrats to assist Neil Gorsuch, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: ‘The US is with Kavanaugh all the way’ Sasse: I encouraged Trump to pick someone other than Kavanaugh Sasse: Trump’s rhetoric on Ford ‘wrong’ but not surprising MORE‘s first Supreme Court docket nominee.
Heitkamp, who’s operating for reelection in a state Trump received in 2016, has been tightlipped about her pondering on Kavanaugh, declining to talk with reporters on Wednesday or Thursday.
The choice marks a shift for Heitkamp, who was considered one of three Democrats to assist Gorsuch. Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyOvernight Health Care — Presented By National Partnership for Women & Families — Senate sends opioid package to Trump’s desk | Drug companies fear Dem Congress | Premiums for employer plans rise Senate sends bipartisan package to fight opioid epidemic to Trump’s desk GOP sacrifices women and House Republicans with Kavanaugh plan MORE (D-Ind.) has introduced his opposition to Kavanaugh, whereas Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinMcConnell sets key Kavanaugh vote for Friday Kavanaugh fight puts Senate on edge of precipice Poll: Heitkamp trails Cramer by 12 points in North Dakota MORE (D-W.Va.) stays undecided.
Republicans possible do not want Heitkamp to finally get Kavanaugh confirmed. They’ve a 51-seat majority, which means they will lose one GOP senator earlier than they need assistance from Democrats.
Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump: ‘The US is with Kavanaugh all the way’ McConnell sets key Kavanaugh vote for Friday The Memo: Trump’s shot at Ford seems to backfire MORE (R-Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump: ‘The US is with Kavanaugh all the way’ McConnell sets key Kavanaugh vote for Friday The Memo: Trump’s shot at Ford seems to backfire MORE (R-Alaska) stay undecided. GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump: ‘The US is with Kavanaugh all the way’ McConnell sets key Kavanaugh vote for Friday The Memo: Trump’s shot at Ford seems to backfire MORE (Ariz.) beforehand stated he would assist Kavanaugh and is predicted to be a sure vote absent an eleventh hour bombshell stemming from the FBI report into sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to the nominee.
Heitkamp’s choice comes hours after she and Democratic senators had been briefed on the FBI’s investigation into the allegations in opposition to Kavanaugh.
She recounted the emotional testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s first accuser, final week as she defined her choice to vote no.
“Once I listened to Dr. Ford testify, I heard the voices of girls I’ve identified all through my life who’ve comparable tales of sexual assault and abuse. Numerous North Dakotans and others near me have since reached out and advised me their tales of being raped or sexually assaulted,” Heitkamp stated.
She added that “our actions proper now are a poignant sign to younger women and girls throughout our nation. I’ll proceed to face up for them.”
My assertion on U.S. Supreme Court docket nominee Decide Brett Kavanaugh: pic.twitter.com/exZcK78JtF
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) October 4, 2018
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