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 TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE's Supreme Court pick. 

Democratic Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHarris, Booker call for judgement on Jussie Smollett case to be withheld until investigation is completed Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Jussie Smollett case shows media villainizing Trump and his supporters, without proof — again MORE (N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris, Booker call for judgement on Jussie Smollett case to be withheld until investigation is completed Harris calls idea of Trump trusting Putin over US intel ‘height of irresponsibility and shameful’ Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report MORE (Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandWarren set to announce plan for universal child care: reports Senate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Booker seeks dialogue about race as he kicks off 2020 campaign Capitalism: The known ideal 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. 
 
 
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.