After Waffling On Kavanaugh, Rand Paul Predictably Says He'll Support Nominee

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Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Monday he will support President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, after expressing concerns about his position on privacy issues.

Republican Senator Rand Paul had been publicly waffling over Kavanaugh but announced his support for the nominee, earning thanks from the president.

Paul said that he had concerns about Kavanaugh's record on privacy and government data collection.

Before Monday's meeting, Manchin said on Twitter that he was evaluating Kavanaugh's record, legal qualifications, judicial philosophy and "particularly his views on healthcare".

Manchin was one of three Democrats who voted to confirm Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

While Paul says nominees should be judged on their character, views, and opinions, he notes nobody will "ever completely agree with a nominee".

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'I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and will take his job to protect individual liberty seriously, ' Paul said. He tweeted last week that he holds his "constitutional duty to advise and consent on every Presidential nominee to serve on the Supreme Court" very sacred, and said he will "never immediately oppose or support a Supreme Court nominee".

We hope Mr. Paul is wrong about Carpenter, but give the Senator credit for rising above a single case or issue to consider Judge Kavanaugh's larger record. Two Republicans who support abortion rights - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - say they have yet to decide how they'll vote.

Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Sen. Senator Doug Jones, an Alabama Democrat who won a December special election in the heavily Republican state, also is a top target of groups on both sides.

Now that Paul backed Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, there are few Republican senators who have yet to state if they will vote to confirm Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Joe Manchin for almost two hours. According to Bloomberg's Laura Litvan, all Manchin would say afterwards was that "it truly was a very productive meeting and it helped me and my staff understand", and that he'll decide how to vote after the confirmation hearing.