2020 White House contenders race to oppose Trump's pick
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Several Democratic senators considered contenders for the party's 2020 White House nomination quickly came out in opposition to Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE's Supreme Court pick. 

Democratic Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Policy center calls for new lawmakers to make diverse hires Dangerously fast slaughter speeds are putting animals, people at greater risk during COVID-19 crisis MORE (N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate GOP's campaign arm rakes in M as Georgia runoffs heat up Biden, Harris to sit with CNN's Tapper in first post-election joint interview The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Democratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' MORE (N.Y.) were among the senators who said on Monday night that they would oppose Kavanaugh. 
 
“Judge Brett Kavanaugh represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise of equality and so I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court. Specifically, as a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy, his nomination presents an existential threat to the health care of hundreds of millions of Americans," Harris, 53, said in a statement just minutes after Trump announced his selection. 
 
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Booker, 49, added separately that Kavanaugh should be a "non-starter" for every senator. 
 
“The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is enormously concerning and I’m strongly opposed to it," he said. 
 
Gillibrand, in a series of tweets, said that she would "stand by my pledge to vote no" on Trump's nominee.
 
"The American people deserve the opportunity to make their voices heard in November about this lifetime appointment," Gillibrand, 51, said.
The growing Democratic opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination came after Trump announced him as his choice to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. 
 
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump Manchin: Ocasio-Cortez 'more active on Twitter than anything else' MORE (I-Vt.) also urged opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination during a Facebook Q&A shortly after Trump's announcement. 
 
"We're going to do everything we can to prevent" him from being seated, Sanders, 76, said during the Facebook event. 
 
Contenders for the party's 2020 White House nomination have led the caucus since last year in opposing most of Trump's nominees amid pressure from a resurgent liberal base to play hardball with the administration. 
 
 
 
But Democrats don't have the ability to block Trump's nominee on their own. 
 
After GOP senators got rid of the 60-vote filibuster for Supreme Court nominees last year, a nominee only needs a simple majority, so Republicans could confirm Kavanaugh without help from Democrats if their caucus remains united. 
 
 
Three Democrats previously voted for Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.