John Thune (R - SD) Definitely Yes



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(Statements last updated October 6, 2018 04:02 PM -04:00.)

September 27: Throughout this process, I’ve tried to follow where the facts lead, and despite hearing powerful testimony from Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh, we didn’t learn anything we didn’t already know. My opinion of the judge hasn't changed, and the process should proceed. #ConfirmKavanaugh (Twitter)

September 25: Is this what Democrats want subsequent Supreme Court confirmations to look like? A hyper-partisan process in which character attacks don’t have to be backed up with actual evidence? In which innuendo can substitute for information? And where a presumption of guilt is the order of the day, no matter how shaky or unsubstantiated the allegations? Mr. President, I’ll say it again, I am deeply disappointed in my Democrat colleagues. And I look forward to hearing from Judge Kavanaugh later this week. (

September 24: “Once we get a chance to have a hearing, then we’ll figure out where we go from there. I think our members are taking this very seriously,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 3 Republican. “Most of our members are going to wait ‘til Thursday. … Thursday is kind of the key day in this.” (Note: We have not yet confirmed the exact date of these comments, but they appear to have taken place on or around 9/24/2018.) (Politico)

August 1: After today’s meeting with Judge Kavanaugh, I am confident that the president’s nominee has exactly what it takes to defend the Constitution and call balls and strikes from the bench, which will serve the American people well now and for many years to come. Over the course of his judicial career, he has effectively demonstrated his commitment to deciding cases based on the law, not on his own political opinions or preferred outcomes. With that in mind, I will support his nomination to the Supreme Court this fall, and I hope my colleagues, Republican and Democrat, reach the same conclusion about this well-qualified, mainstream jurist. (

July 9: I commend President Trump for his selection of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh's judicial career has demonstrated his commitment to impartiality and faithful application of the Constitution. I look forward to sitting down with Judge Kavanaugh as we go through the confirmation process. Senate Democrats have already made it clear that they intend to listen to the far left of their party and fight this nominee regardless of his credentials. I encourage all of my colleagues to carefully review the qualifications of this nominee instead of trying to solicit his opinions on political issues, and to remember that the responsibility of a Supreme Court justice is to interpret the laws as written, not substitute political opinions for the law. (Twitter)


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