"At the time, he said he considered Roe a precedent, and that's my verdict, and I was glad to hear him say that at the time," Collins said, adding that she would address the issue she meets privately with him as part of the confirmation process.
In 2006, during his confirmation hearing for a seat on the Circuit Court district appeals district, Kavanaugh said he would "faithfully and fully obey Roe v. Wade." Kavanaugh called it a "binding precedent of court".
Collins also said on Tuesday that she found Kavanaugh's dissent "remarkable" in a ruling of his 2011 Circuit Court, in which the senator pointed out that he was not protesting for the ban on Obamacare health insurance funds against those with existing ones Discriminate against conditions or abolish the individual mandate. Kavanaugh said in his opposition that he believes the court has no jurisdiction in the case in which the Affordable Care Act was challenged.
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"I need to read this decision thoroughly, and I'm sure we would talk about it," Collins said. "I am very interested in the existing conditions that are part of the Affordable Care Act."
She added, "Clearly, he has very impressive credentials and extensive experience he has had at the Circuit Court for more than a decade, and I know he is valued by many lawyers and judges I know."
With a wafer-thin 51
Such a small margin of error means that the fate of Kavanaugh's nomination is in the hands Collins and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, as well as a handful of Democrats from states that voted for the President in the last election and who faces the voters themselves in the fall (including Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota and possibly Doug Jones from Alabama, who does not stand for election in his very conservative state eht) until 2020.
Murkowski, who gave more cautious comments, told reporters on Tuesday that she would never have met Kavanaugh, but was looking forward to settling with him. She did not answer questions about his 2006 comments on Roe v. Calf. 19659002] Kavanaugh, for Hi's part, spent Tuesday – his first day since Trump's appointment – on Capitol Hill Tuesday, starting a series of meetings with Republican senators to gain their support.
Facetime with Legislature marks the start of the Candidate and White House campaign to secure the Senate's 51 votes that Kavanaugh needs for this fall – though he did not meet Collins.
Kavanaugh arrived on the hill shortly after 11:00, along with Vice President Mike Pence and former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Whom The White House had tapped to get the candidate through meetings with MPs beware.
Kavanaugh first met with the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky He said, "I think the President made an outstanding nomination."
Pence, who stood next to McConnell and a beaming Kavanaugh, called the judge "a man of impeccable reputation and character" and said he was confident that senators in both political parties would see it as "the most qualified and most qualified deserving candidate to the Supreme Court. "
Kavanaugh did not respond to reporters' shouted questions.
Later that day with Chair Grassley, Chair Grassley, R-Iowa, "Kavanaugh's confirmation procedure would" be thorough and done right, and we will do what we can to finally consider all interests.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh would make the Supreme Court solidly conservative and joined the Supreme Judge John Roberts and the judges Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch in a conservative majority of five votes.