AL senators weigh in on Kavanaugh SCOTUS nomination

Updated: Jul. 30, 2018 at 3:45 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's Republican U.S. senator has thrown his full support behind the nomination of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh for an open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The state's Democratic senator is taking a more measured approach.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL, announced Monday his "strong support" for Kavanaugh saying he is "confident that he [Kavanaugh] is principled, intelligent, and a steadfast supporter of the rule of law."

Shelby added his belief that the nominee "exhibits strong, conservative values and an unwavering commitment to our Constitution."

Sen. Doug Jones, D-AL, however, has not stated whether he'll vote for Kavanaugh, only telling reporters he will keep an "open mind" and will do his "due diligence" on vetting the nominee.

According to the Associated Press, Jones says he's unworried about pressure on him to confirm the potential justice. Conservative groups are actively pressuring Democratic senators who are seeking re-election in states won by Donald Trump in 2016.

While Jones is not up for re-election this cycle, he represents a very conservative state.

Democrats are pushing to keep Kavanaugh from being confirmed. If he is, that could tilt the high court toward more conservative rulings, possibly for years to come.

The confirmation vote in the U.S. Senate is expected to be extremely. Republicans hold a razor-thin majority in a midterm election year.

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