McConnell to AP: Gender gap hurts GOP but Kavanaugh helps

McConnell to AP: Gender gap hurts GOP but Kavanaugh helps

The Kentucky Republican's remarks on the Senate floor were an extended version of a message party leaders have delivered since last week.

Republican Sen. Ann Rivers, who is involved with her chamber's campaign efforts, said Republicans are "waxing up our red surfboard in case there is a blue wave".

The new justice dived into his new job, asking a handful of questions in the first arguments of the day following a traditional welcome from Chief Justice John Roberts, who wished Kavanaugh "a long and happy career in our common calling".

"Only one side was happy to play host to this toxic fringe behavior", McConnell said.

"The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats".

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In a almost 10-minute long speech in the Oval Office, West says he was pressured not to wear his red "Make America Great Again". Trump also defended West as a "nice guy" and "actually a different kind of person than people think".

The bitter partisan fight over Mr Kavanaugh's nomination became a firestorm after sexual misconduct allegations emerged involving Mr Kavanaugh.

The Kavanaugh confirmation has blown open the midterm elections from being a national referendum on Trump's stewardship to a raw emotional discussion over the lack of women in power and how to handle sexual misconduct allegations.

The GOP rhetorical offensive also represents a flipping of the recent script, in which Democrats have accused Trump of intensifying divisions with nationalistic and at times racist appeals to his conservative base and personal attacks on political enemies.

As with other potential investigations on Capitol Hill, one Democratic leadership aide pointed out that discussions about tax returns or other investigations are still in the early stages and it is a delicate balance between Democrats trying to be prepared for a potential win in November but not getting so far ahead of themselves that they count on a victory too soon.

McConnell on Monday argued that if control of the White House and the Senate had been reversed in 2016, Democrats wouldn't have filled a vacancy either. And he pointedly noted that these activities followed last year's shooting of GOP lawmakers at a morning baseball practice by "a politically crazed gunman". "Maybe. And there's a possibility they want infrastructure, I want infrastructure, there's something that can bring us together", he said. "We do have an affordability problem", Collins said Wednesday, "but I don't think the answer is to wipe out consumer protections for people with pre-existing conditions".

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