McConnell: Kavanaugh fight a 'wake-up call' ahead of November election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday night that the fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a “wake-up call” ahead of the November midterm elections.

“It’s a wake-up call to why it’s important to hold the Senate. You know the Senate’s in the personnel business,” McConnell told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham.

McConnell’s comments come as the Senate is poised to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday.

The expected vote will give Republicans their second Supreme Court victory in as many years and a significant win roughly a month before the midterm election.


McConnell added on Friday night that he would use the fight over Kavanaugh’s nomination to “remind everybody about the importance of the Senate” heading into the fall elections.

“These are lifetime appointments with conservative men and women who believe that the job of a judge is to interpret the law as its written,” McConnell said.

Republicans are heading into November with a largely favorable map. Democrats are defending 10 seats in states won by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2016. Republicans, by comparison, are defending one seat in a state won by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE — Nevada, held by Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R).

Only one Democratic senator is expected to vote for Kavanaugh on Saturday, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump administration seeks to use global aid for nuclear projects Shelley Moore Capito wins Senate primary West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice wins GOP gubernatorial primary MORE (D-W.Va.). Manchin, who is running for reelection in a state Trump won by 42 points, announced his support on Friday.

Democratic Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn Heitkamp70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Susan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyEx-Sen. Joe Donnelly endorses Biden Lobbying world 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents MORE (Ind.), who are also up for reelection in states won by Trump, both joined Manchin last year in voting to confirm Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee.

Heitkamp and Donnelly have both said they will vote against Kavanaugh.

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