Capito believes Manchin will vote to confirm Kavanaugh

Published: Aug. 30, 2018 at 5:29 PM EDT
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Update: 9/5/2018

While one West Virginia senator publicly ponders his vote to confirm President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, the other is optimistic he will be confirmed.

Wednesday was the second day of hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito not only believes Kavanaugh will be eventually be confirmed by the full Senate, she thinks Democratic Sen, Joe Manchin will be among those agreeing to his confirmation.

"I'm very hopeful we can get unanimous Republican support, and I believe we will get support from the other side," Sen. Capito told us Wednesday. "Once we get to 50; once it's confirmed he will be our next Supreme Court Justice, I think Sen. Manchin and others will vote for Judge Kavanaugh."

Capito believes a confirmation vote by the full Senate will take place by the end of September.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) repeated Wednesday he will vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation, citing concerns about how the judge would vote on issues related to the Affordable Care Act.

Manchin, who has had similar concerns, hasn't said how he'll vote-although he told us in August he wanted to wait out the confirmation hearings-but he plans to meet a second time with Kavanaugh after the end of his confirmation hearings.


Pro-life activists held a press conference on Thursday afternoon in downtown Parkersburg to send a message to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. They want him to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

The press conference was led by the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. According to a recent poll conducted by the organization, 59% of West Virginia voters want Senator Manchin to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The poll also says 57% of West Virginia voters believe abortion policy for West Virginia should be decided by West Virginians through their elected officials, not the Supreme Court.

Doug Jones, a pastor in Clarksburg and a board member for West Virginians for Life, spoke at the press conference. He said, “He [Kavanaugh] is a level-headed, fair jurist who rules not to legislate from the bench but to actually say what are the laws on the books that we’re supposed to be enforcing and what does the Constitution say, that’s the very kind of a person that anyone in their right mind should want as a justice in the highest court in our land.”

Sue Swayze Liebel, the director of the Susan B. Anthony List National Pro-life Women’s Caucus, said, “Judge Kavanaugh is a very experienced jurist in his own right, has a lot of constitutional knowledge and experience certainly on the life issue, issues of conscience, things like that.”

Susan B. Anthony List’s field team is traveling throughout West Virginia to educate people on Senator Manchin’s record and the importance of voting pro-life. Additional events will be held in Wheeling, Fairmont, and Beckley.

The event is part of a 7-state, 32-stop tour to confirm Kavanaugh.

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to begin confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh next week.