Dem senator: Kavanaugh confirmation 'underscores' health care, Mueller investigation as key midterm issues

Dem senator: Kavanaugh confirmation 'underscores' health care, Mueller investigation as key midterm issues
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Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinOvernight Health Care: Democratic gains mark setback for Trump on Medicaid work requirements | Senate Dems give Warren 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder | Judge strikes Trump rule on health care 'conscience' rights Democrats give Warren's 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder Former NAACP president to run for Cummings's House seat MORE (D-Md.) said Sunday he believes the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh will serve to underscore what's at stake in next month's midterm elections.

"I think it’s going to boil down to concerns about whether we’re going to protect the gains we’ve made in health care over pre-existing conditions, and we’re concerned about [special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's] investigation being interfered with," Cardin said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked about the new justice's impact on the midterms.

"Constitutional rights of women, those issues are going to be on the ballot on the midterm and Judge Kavanaugh underscores those issues," he added.

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Cardin, who is up for reelection next month, was critical of Kavanaugh's nomination. He asserted that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse and Senate Dems implore McConnell to sign DACA legislation to protect Dreamers White House stresses 'hearsay' in witness testimony ahead of public impeachment hearings Senior official describes cyber workforce shortage as national security threat MORE did not consult with Democrats and Republicans to come to a mainstream nominee, and instead looked to the Federalist Society to settle on a pick.

"I don’t believe that Justice Kavanaugh is in the mainstream of judicial thought," Cardin said, arguing Kavanaugh has sided with special interests too often.

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh on Saturday afternoon in a 50-48 vote, with one GOP senator absent and another voting "present." Every Democrat opposed Kavanaugh's nomination except for Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinFormer coal exec Don Blankenship launches third-party presidential bid Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics MORE (D-W.Va.).

Kavanaugh became the second justice nominated by President Trump to take a seat on the court, following Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The bitter fight over Kavanaugh’s confirmation came after multiple women accused the judge of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified late last month over allegations that he sexually assaulted her during a party in the 1980s.

A supplemental FBI background investigation found no corroboration of the claims, Republicans said, while Democrats argued that the review of the allegations was too brief and failed to interview key witnesses.