U.S. Supreme Court Hearing Weighs in on WV Politics

West Virginia

US Senator Joe Manchin remains undecided on Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, saying he wants to watch the testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee before deciding to vote “yes” or “no”. State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey who is challenging Manchin in this November’s Senate race, is already backing Kavanaugh.  Manchin, says he won’t be rushed into a decision.

“I will look at what he says and how he answers the questions which will probably be a lot like the questions I asked. Then we’ll put our notes together We’ll see if there’s anything that contradicts itself. And then call him back in for clarification if we need it,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia.

Morrisey held a news conference shortly after Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“I’ve worked with Judge Kavanaugh. We’ve been in his court many a time.  We know about his record. This is someone with outstanding credentials, the right kind of experience. He’s getting praise across the spectrum. But Joe Manchin’s going to hold out,” said Atty. Gen, Patrick Morrisey, (R) Nominee for U.S. Senate.

Manchin is one of ten Democratic Senators up for re-election this year, in states President Trump won in 2016.

“He wants to be on both sides of an issue. But I’ll make a prediction. He will ultimately support Kavanaugh,” said AG Patrick Morrisey, (R) Candidate for U.S. Senate.

Manchin is one of three Democrats who supported President Trump’s first Supreme Court appointment, Justice Neal Gorsuch, and says he’ll closely examine Kavanaugh’s qualifications.

“And the person’s education and his standing in the community and his experience level. We’re looking at that. Anybody that wants to make this personal and wants to make this political, is wrong. And I will not do it,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia. 

Senator Shelly Moore Capito has also met with Judge Kavanaugh and says she will vote “yes” on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Ultimately how Senators vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, could affect which party controls the U.S. Senate after the November elections,” said Mark Curtis, 13 News Chief Political Reporter.

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