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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE's Supreme Court pick. 

Democratic Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCoast Guard lieutenant arrested, accused of planning domestic terrorism Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon Jussie Smollett officially a suspect in alleged Chicago attack MORE (N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris criticized by Jamaican father over marijuana joke Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Coast Guard lieutenant arrested, accused of planning domestic terrorism MORE (Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandCongress needs to bring family and medical leave policies into the 21st century Trump campaign fundraising on Bernie Sanders's M haul Gillibrand tells Iowan ‘ranch girl’ that pizza is on her next time 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. 
 
 
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. 
 
 
Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration Senate buzz grows for Abrams after speech electrifies Dems MORE (D-Md.), the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, also said on Monday night that he would oppose the nominee.  
 
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.