Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinKavanaugh in op-ed defends getting ‘emotional’ GOP senator may miss Kavanaugh vote for daughter’s wedding Bitter partisan battle over Kavanaugh enters final chapter MORE (D-W.Va.), who’s up for reelection in a state President TrumpDonald John TrumpHeitkamp releases ad explaining Kavanaugh no vote Trump mocks Al Franken over resignation: He folded ‘like a wet rag’ O’Rourke not ‘interested’ in Obama endorsement MORE received by 42 factors, stated Friday he’ll again the president’s second nominee to the Supreme Courtroom, Brett Kavanaugh.
Manchin is the one Democrat who has stated he’ll again Kavanaugh. He made the announcement instantly after Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsKavanaugh in op-ed defends getting ‘emotional’ GOP senator may miss Kavanaugh vote for daughter’s wedding Bitter partisan battle over Kavanaugh enters final chapter MORE (R-Maine) stated she would vote to verify Kavanaugh, giving the nominee sufficient votes for affirmation.
“I’ve reservations about this vote given the intense accusations towards Decide Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed within the listening to. And my coronary heart goes out to anybody who has skilled any sort of sexual assault of their life,” Manchin stated in an announcement.
“Nonetheless, based mostly on the entire info I’ve obtainable to me, together with the not too long ago accomplished FBI report, I’ve discovered Decide Kavanaugh to be a certified jurist who will observe the Structure and decide circumstances based mostly on the authorized findings earlier than him.”
Manchin walked out of his workplace and was instantly met by protesters shouting “disgrace” and “disgrace on you” as he moved to talk with reporters about his resolution.
“I noticed that Sen. Collins — I needed to, out of respect, I needed to observe her give hers … after which I made my resolution and I gave my causes for my resolution,” Manchin stated in an interview with CNN’s Manu Raju moments after issuing his assertion.
Manchin stated he got here to his conclusion on backing Kavanaugh on Friday morning and pushed again on whether or not Collins’s announcement influenced in his resolution.
“No, no no,” Manchin stated. “Everyone labored with this [decision].”
Manchin was one in every of three Senate Democrats who voted final yr for Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first nominee to the court docket.
The West Virginia Democrat had come below heavy strain from either side main as much as his announcement.
Liberal activists occupied his West Virginia marketing campaign workplace Monday afternoon demanding that he oppose Kavanaugh.
However a ballot performed by Public Opinion Methods, a GOP survey agency, discovered that West Virginians strongly favor Kavanaugh’s affirmation.
The ballot performed for the Judicial Disaster Community, a gaggle that spent hundreds of thousands of on adverts supporting Kavanaugh, confirmed that 58 p.c of West Virginians again Kavanaugh whereas 28 p.c oppose him.
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