Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill said Wednesday she will vote against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
A pro-abortion Democrat, McCaskill is taking a risk in voting against Kavanaugh. Up for re-election, she faces a tough challenger in pro-life Republican Josh Hawley, according to The Epoch Times. Polls have the candidates in an even match, though a recent poll shows Hawley in the lead, RealClearPolitics reports.
In her announcement Wednesday, McCaskill said her decision to oppose Kavanaugh is not based on the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, but “dark money.”
“He has revealed his bias against limits on campaign donations which places him completely out of the mainstream of this nation,” McCaskill said in a statement on Twitter. “He wrote, ‘And I have heard very few people say that limits on contributions to candidates are unconstitutional although I for one tend to think those limits have some constitutional problems.’”
“… I am also uncomfortable about his view on Presidential power as it relates to the rule of law, and his position that corporations are people,” she said.
Though pro-abortion, McCaskill did not mention the abortion issue in her statement.
In response, Hawley accused McCaskill of not listening to her constituents.
“No surprise here. @clairecmc always comes home to the party line in the end. Now 0-6 on Supreme Court nominees. Hasn’t heard a thing voters told her. Just another Washington liberal,” he wrote on Twitter.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation rests with a few key senators. Republicans hold a slim, two-member majority in the U.S. Senate, and and pro-abortion Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins are key swing votes. Both have pro-abortion voting records, though they did vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s first nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. Several moderately pro-life Democrats, including U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly, also could vote to confirm him. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, who claims to be pro-life but has a pro-abortion voting record, already has said he will oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Every vote counts, and the abortion industry knows it. Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other pro-abortion groups have been pouring millions of dollars into the mid-term elections and lobbying efforts against Kavanaugh.
A federal judge, Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. for more than a decade, where he developed an extensive record of protecting religious liberty and enforcing restrictions on abortion. Pro-life leaders believe he would do the same on the U.S. Supreme Court.
National pro-life leaders have expressed high hopes for Kavanaugh and the future of unborn babies’ rights.