Could Susan Rice challenge Susan Collins in 2020?

Could Susan Rice challenge Susan Collins in 2020?

After weeks of intense debate that has gripped the nation, the conservative appeals court judge on Friday won vows of support from two centrist senators, leaving no clear path in the Senate for Kavanaugh's opponents to block him. In his testimony, Kavanaugh said he could not answer questions about whether a president could pardon himself or whether a sitting president can be required to respond to a subpoena.

Hundreds of protesters against Judge Kavanaugh were arrested in Washington DC, on Thursday, including comedian Amy Schumer.

Judge Kavanaugh has faced sexual assault allegations from several women, most prominently from Prof Ford.

The "cloture" vote activated a 30-hour period of discussions in the Senate, which will be followed by the final simple majority vote in the next 24 hours.

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That would put the final tally at 51-49 in Kavanaugh's favor.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski voted against advancing Mr Kavanaugh, and Senator Joe Manchin was the only Democrat to join the opposition in voting "Yes". The self-described "most centrist Democrat" is also up for re-election this year. Murkowski had already announced her intention to vote "no". "Fairness is most in jeopardy ... when passions are inflamed", she said on October 5, referring to allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. "And I believe we are dealing with issues right now that are bigger than a nominee and how we can ensure that our institutions, not only the legislative branch but our judicial branch, continue to be respected", she told reporters. Manchin have all announced they will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, paving the way for what will likely be the judge's confirmation. I believe he is a good man.

Susan Collins has indicated she is a "yes" vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who will not be able to attend the vote because he will be at his daughter's wedding.

"It will not change the outcome of the vote", Murkowski said.

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Judge Kavanaugh made a final argument on his own behalf - penning an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Kavanaugh's nomination has been slowed by an allegation of sexual assault and accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior, allegations he has vehemently denied.

Comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski were among 302 people held for demonstrating against the nominee. In 1861, nominee Jeremiah Black was defeated by a vote of 26-25.

It would be a cruel irony if Manchin voted for Kavanaugh and helped save his nomination while a Republican, Murkowski, voted against him, but given that he is up for reelection in a state where Trump remains popular, it is a distinct possibility.

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