Beto O’Rourke: ‘I Would Not Have’ Voted To Confirm Brett Kavanaugh


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Texas Democratic senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke announced that he would not have voted to confirm then-Supreme-Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a Tuesday night appearance on “All In With Chris Hayes.


When asked if he would have voted in favor of Brett Kavanaugh, O’Rourke responded, “I would not have. We’re 50th in the country, as you said, in voter turnout, by design, on purpose, some people not intended to vote. We need a Supreme Court justice who believes in voting rights. In a state where you can be fired for being gay, [we need] a Supreme Court justice who believes in civil rights.”

He continued:

A state that’s the epicenter of the maternal mortality crisis — a justice who believes in a woman’s right to make her own decision about her own body and have access to the health care that ensures that she can. [Kavanaugh] fails the bar on each and every single one of those tests. So, the next justice to be nominated can only be confirmed if he or importantly she can meet those qualifications. I’m going to make sure that we hold the president to that bar for each and every single one of those issues.

Kavanaugh was confirmed and sworn-in on Saturday after a highly contentious confirmation process. He was accused of sexual misconduct by three different women prior to his confirmation and an FBI investigation was launched in response before senators voted on his confirmation.

O’Rourke is running for Senate against current Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. A recent analysis conducted by the director of the Texas Politics Project predicts Cruz will win retain his seat.

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