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Schumer: I will oppose Kavanaugh ‘with everything I’ve got’

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) promised Tuesday morning to oppose President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, "with everything I've got."

Schumer said on CBS's "This Morning" that Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh is fulfilling two of Trump's campaign promises, "to undo women's reproductive freedom and to undo ACA," referring to the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare.

"On these two issues when he campaigned, President Trump said he would only appoint pro-life judges, he wanted to send Roe back to the states, that means repeal," Schumer said, referring to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

The top Democrat also said that Trump "said he wanted to repeal ACA, unlike what [Chief] Justice [John] Roberts wanted to do."

Schumer also noted the involvement of conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society in vetting Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees.

"So when you put those things together, Trump with what he said he was going to do and the vetting of this list, this nominee will repeal Roe and women's reproductive freedom and repeal ACA far against what the American people want," Schumer said.

When CBS's Norah O'Donnell noted that Kavanaugh has promised in the past to follow the "binding precedent" set in Roe v. Wade, Schumer dismissed the comment as "a trick."

"It is not good enough for them to hide behind this shibboleth that they'll follow existing law, because when they get on the bench they change," Schumer said.

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