Daines's son shares video of father watching Kavanaugh vote

Daines's son shares video of father watching Kavanaugh vote
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A son of Montana Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesRepublicans up for reelection fear daylight with Trump Overnight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen MORE (R) shared a video Saturday of his father watching the Senate's vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, which Daines skipped to attend his daughter's wedding.

Mike Daines shared the video Saturday afternoon following the vote, which shows the senator saying "aye" as his name is called on television.

"Does this count? #KavanaughConfirmed," Mike Daines added in his own comment.

The younger Daines's tweet came about an hour after President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin MORE thanked the Montana senator for being willing to come back to Washington in time for the vote, which passed 50-48 with just one Republican, Alaska Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRed dresses displayed around American Indian museum to memorialize missing, murdered native women Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration MORE, breaking ranks to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation.


Steve Daines's vote was not necessary due to statements from two crucial swing votes, Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' MORE (R-Maine) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Murkowski, Manchin call for 'responsible solutions' to climate change MORE (D-W.Va.), who both came out in favor of Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday.

"I have asked Steve Daines, our great Republican Senator from Montana, to attend his daughter Annie’s wedding rather than coming to today’s vote," Trump tweeted shortly after the vote took place.

"Steve was ready to do whatever he had to, but we had the necessary number. To the Daines Family, congratulations-have a wonderful day!" he added.

Murkowski, who made her own decision Friday as well, announced that she would instead vote "present," knowing that Democrats' efforts to stop Kavanaugh's nomination had failed, in a show of support for Daines.

"I do this because a friend, a colleague of ours is in Montana this evening and ... he's going to be walking his daughter down the aisle and he won't be present to vote," Murkowski said Friday night when explaining her vote.

"I have extended this as a courtesy to my friend. It will not change the outcome of the vote."