While some red state Democrats have either voiced their support for or voted in favor of the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Texas Democratic senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke said that if he was in the Senate, he would not have voted for Kavanaugh.
O’Rourke told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes he is opposed to Kavanaugh because of his stance on voting and civil rights.
“I would not have. We’re 50th in the country, as you said, in voter turnout, by design, on purpose, some people not intended to vote,” he said. “We need a Supreme Court justice who believes in voting rights. In a state where you can be fired for being gay, a Supreme Court justice who believes in civil rights.”
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O’Rourke also said he would not have voted for Kavanaugh is because America needs a Justice who “believes in a woman’s right to make her own decision about her own body and have access to the healthcare that ensures that she can.”
O’Rourke did not cite the sexual assault allegations that were made against Kavanaugh late in the confirmation process as a reason why he would not have voted for him.
Democratic Tennessee senate candidate Phil Bredesen released a statement before the full Senate vote to say he would have voted “yes” to Kavanaugh:
— Phil Bredesen (@PhilBredesen) October 5, 2018
The Democratic candidate said he would make sure future Supreme Court nominees would be held to the high bar and hold President Donald Trump accountable.
The angry Left responding to Kavanaugh’s confirmation. This rage isn’t good for our country. The Dems’ behavior has been abominable—dragging a good man & his family through the mud—but after a careful and fair process, a great victory for all of us who cherish the Constitution. https://t.co/ICrH4vvJvG
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 6, 2018
Sen. Ted Cruz, who currently holds the Texas seat, voted in favor of Kavanaugh’s nomination, with the final Senate vote being 50-48.