Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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Democrats push health care vote ahead of midterm elections

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On Monday evening, Kavanaugh, 53, joined family members, friends and President Trump at the White House for a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony, at which the new justice tried to ease the partisan wounds from his confirmation process, during which he was accused of sexual assault when he was in high school. Kavanaugh is accompanied by his wife Ashley Kavanaugh, third from left, and children Margaret, second from left, and Liza.

Kavanaugh said at the swearing-in ceremony on Monday that "the Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional".

His remarks on Murkowski were part of a wide-ranging interview in which McConnell acknowledged that the extended fight over confirming Kavanaugh has widened an existing gender gap in which Republicans trail Democrats in support among women.

Kavanaugh's predecessor, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in June, was a more moderate conservative and sometimes sided with the court's four liberal justices. He also blamed "evil" people for putting Kavanaugh in a "disgraceful situation" during his confirmation process.

"I give special gratitude to senators Rob Portman, Susan Collins, Joe Manchin, John Kyl and Lindsey Graham".

Protesters crowded hallways in the Capitol before Kavanaugh's confirmation vote and pounded on the Supreme Court doors afterward.

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He says that "under historic scrutiny", Kavanaugh was "proven innocent". Trump and other GOP leaders say the effort energized Republican voters, who had always been considered less energized than Democrats.

Court watchers will be looking to see whether the new justice asks questions at arguments and, if so, what he asks. Ford told lawmakers she was "100 percent" certain Kavanaugh attacked her, but Kavanaugh forcefully denied he had assaulted her or any other woman. Some even speculated anger over Democrats' treatment of Kavanaugh would spur GOP voters even more. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations and during a Senate hearing on September 27 accused Democrats of an "orchestrated political hit".

Mr Trump defended his candidate at a rally in Kansas at the weekend, and has now dubbed the sexual assault claims, made by two women including Christine Blasey Ford, as a "hoax". But while Kavanaugh gained ground with the Republican base, he lost it with the broader public, as 51 percent of voters say the Senate should have rejected his Supreme Court bid.

McConnell said Sunday he could reverse himself and consider what would be a third high-court nominee for President Donald Trump should a vacancy arise in 2020. It comes just in time to motivate evangelicals and social conservatives to turn out to vote in November elections that will determine control of Congress.

Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted for Trump's nominee. One of the two cases the court is hearing Wednesday involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key.

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