McConnell: Kavanaugh fight a 'wake-up call' ahead of November election

McConnell: Kavanaugh fight a 'wake-up call' ahead of November election
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Criminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday night that the fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a "wake-up call" ahead of the November midterm elections.

"It's a wake-up call to why it's important to hold the Senate. You know the Senate's in the personnel business," McConnell told Fox News's Laura Ingraham.

McConnell's comments come as the Senate is poised to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday.

The expected vote will give Republicans their second Supreme Court victory in as many years and a significant win roughly a month before the midterm election.


McConnell added on Friday night that he would use the fight over Kavanaugh's nomination to "remind everybody about the importance of the Senate" heading into the fall elections.

"These are lifetime appointments with conservative men and women who believe that the job of a judge is to interpret the law as its written," McConnell said.

Republicans are heading into November with a largely favorable map. Democrats are defending 10 seats in states won by 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 in 2016. Republicans, by comparison, are defending one seat in a state won by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report McCaskill: 'Hypocrisy' for GOP to target Biden nominee's tweets after Trump Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate MORE — Nevada, held by Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R).

Only one Democratic senator is expected to vote for Kavanaugh on Saturday, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Overnight Health Care: CDC panel recommends who gets vaccine first | McConnell offering new relief bill | Hahn downplays White House meeting on vaccines Bipartisan, bicameral group unveils 8 billion coronavirus proposal MORE (D-W.Va.). Manchin, who is running for reelection in a state Trump won by 42 points, announced his support on Friday.

Democratic Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampMajor unions back Fudge for Agriculture secretary Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyBiden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Harris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty MORE (Ind.), who are also up for reelection in states won by Trump, both joined Manchin last year in voting to confirm Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee.

Heitkamp and Donnelly have both said they will vote against Kavanaugh.