Virginia Senators Warner, Kaine to Vote No On Kavanaugh Nomination

Sep 11, 2018

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, for the third day of his confirmation hearing.
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As the vote nears for Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, both of Virginia's senators are now announcing their intention to vote no.

Senator Mark Warner says he will vote no on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

“I’m particularly concerned that this president picking a judge with this expansive a view of executive power with the amount of challenges that this president is under raises huge, huge concerns with me.”

Senator Tim Kaine is also a no vote, and he says just because Republicans have the majority doesn’t mean it’s a done deal.

“This may not be the time to put somebody on the court who has such a longstanding track record of deference to the executive. This is almost, in this moment in time, almost like the president is picking a juror for his own trial.”

The confirmation vote is an issue in Kaine’s reelection, though. And his opponent, Republican Corey Stewart, says Kaine is just “falling in line with Chuck Schumer and the far left.”

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.