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 McConnellIn rare move, Schumer forces vote to consider health care bill amid Supreme Court tensions COVID-19 talks hit crucial stretch Supreme Court nominee gives no clues in GOP meeting MORE (R-Ky.), quickly switched her views on whether or not she would have voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughBarrett says Trump offered her Supreme Court nomination three days after Ginsburg death The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Judge Amy Coney Barrett makes the rounds on Capitol Hill The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty 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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Three Democrats in vulnerable seats who voted against Kavanaugh – Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Judge Amy Coney Barrett makes the rounds on Capitol Hill The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 MORE (Mo.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 Harris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 Trump taps Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court, setting up confirmation sprint MORE (Ind.) – lost their seats in the 2018 midterms. 

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.