Rand Paul (R - KY) Definitely Yes



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

July 30: After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have decided to support his nomination. No one will ever completely agree with a nominee (unless of course, you are the nominee). Each nominee however, must be judged on the totality of their views character and opinions...Judge Kavanaugh will have my support and my vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court. (Twitter)

July 21: "I am honestly undecided. I am very concerned about his position on privacy and the Fourth Amendment. This is not a small deal for me. This is a big deal...Kavanaugh’s position is basically that national security trumps privacy. And he said it very strongly and explicitly. And that worries me...[But w]ouldn’t you rather have Kavanaugh than Ruth Bader Ginsburg? He’s probably good on economic liberty and overzealous regulation and things like that. So I don’t want to have it sort of in a vacuum. I’ll have to weigh that versus other aspects that he may be a lot better than a Clinton appointee." (Note: We have not yet confirmed the exact date of these comments, but the article states they took place sometime during the week preceding 7/23/2018.) (Politico)

July 16: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he is “very worried” about Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, signaling a potential rocky appointment in the Senate. “I’m worried about his opinion on the Fourth Amendment,” Paul said in Louisville on Monday. “Kavanaugh ruled that national security trumps privacy ... that worries me.”...Overall he said he was “undecided” and added that it could be “a lot worse, it could have been a Clinton appointee.” (13NewsNow.com)

July 15: At this point I'm undecided...I am worried though, and perhaps disappointed, that I think Kavanaugh will cancel out Gorsuch's vote on the fourth amendment...I'm willing to meet with him. I'd like to have a frank discussion with him...I'm concerned about Kavanaugh. We're going to have hopefully an open and long and far-ranging conversation about this. (TV News Archive)

July 9: I look forward to the upcoming hearings, reviewing the record, and meeting personally with Judge Kavanaugh, with an open mind. (Twitter)


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