Biden on how Dems should handle Kavanaugh hearing: 'Stay in the room, demand answers'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenSaving the transatlantic partnership Biden to campaign for Stacey Abrams next week Dems with political experience could have edge in 2020 primary, says pollster MORE said that Democrats should be vigilant during the upcoming confirmation hearing for President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE's nominee to join the Supreme Court.

"Stay in the room, demand answers and keep pointing out that they have not given the material that was expected to the committee," Biden, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters Monday as he attended a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing for Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, is scheduled to start Tuesday and last for multiple days.

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Republicans have spoken positively about Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, while a number of Democrats have expressed opposition to his nomination.

Democrats have been frustrated by the fact that they have been unable to see documents from Kavanaugh's time working as a staff secretary for former President George W. Bush. Republicans have not requested documents from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary and have only requested papers from when Kavanaugh worked as a White House lawyer.

Biden also discussed the passing of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCongress must use bipartisan oversight as the gold standard The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Trump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote MORE (R-Ariz.).

He gave a eulogy to his former Senate colleague last week and on Sunday told reporters at the Pittsburgh parade that McCain "was like a brother to me."

"As long as you were honorable, as long as you were honest, as long as you didn't leave anybody behind, as long as you treated people with dignity, you could always get on with John, even if you strongly disagreed with him like I did in the war in Iraq," Biden said. "But if in fact, if you didn't have those basic American values, then he didn't have a lot of respect for you."