Rand Paul Announces He'll Support Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Progressives fume: 'Rand folds'

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July 30, 2018

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) announced Monday he will vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, saying he was confident President Donald Trump's nominee would bring a textualist view of the Constitution.

Paul said last week he was "very concerned" about Kavanaugh's positions on privacy and the Fourth Amendment and remained undecided. After meeting with Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, Paul tweeted a statement that he had elected to support his confirmation.

"No one will ever completely agree with a nominee (unless of course, you are the nominee). Each nominee however, must be judged on the totality of their views character and opinions," Paul wrote.

Paul's support for Kavanaugh is a blow to Democrats and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), who has said he will work to defeat Kavanaugh's confirmation with all of his strength. Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate and Democrats need to flip at least two Republicans—and not lose a single moderate Democrat—to stop Kavanaugh from reaching the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh is meeting on Monday with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), one of three Democrats who supported Neil Gorsuch last year for the Supreme Court.

Some liberals fumed on Twitter that Paul's decision was predictable and he had merely gotten attention for himself by initially "faking opposition" to Kavanaugh.