McConnell's Democratic challenger McGrath backtracks on Kavanaugh comments

McConnell's Democratic challenger McGrath backtracks on Kavanaugh comments
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Amy McGrath, the Democrat who announced this week she's challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy On The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell Top House Democrats ask for review of DHS appointments MORE (R-Ky.), quickly switched her views on whether or not she would have voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughElection 2020: Why I'm watching Amy and Andy Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation Protesters roll out a screen playing Blasey Ford's testimony ahead of Federalist Society dinner MORE

McGrath first said in an interview with a Kentucky newspaper published Wednesday she would have voted in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation, but quickly reversed her stance in a tweet after facing backlash for her comments. 

"I was asked earlier today about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and I answered based upon his qualifications to be on the Supreme Court. But upon further reflection and further understanding of his record, I would have voted no," McGrath tweeted.

In an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal McGrath said, "I don't think there was anything that would have disqualified him in my mind." 

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When pressed on if she believed allegations made during a public testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, McGrath said she thought Ford's allegations were "credible" but “given the amount of time that lapsed in between and from a judicial standpoint, I don't think it would really disqualify him." 

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. 

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McGrath spoke out against Kavanaugh in a Facebook post, ahead of Ford's public allegations, in 2018 when she made an unsuccessful bid to flip a House seat. She did not say at the time if she would have voted to confirm him.