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Supreme Court Nomination Reaction

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Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown has various concerns with the choice. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown has various concerns with the choice.
Republican Senator Rob Portman, who has a personal relationship with Kavanaugh, supports the President's decision. Republican Senator Rob Portman, who has a personal relationship with Kavanaugh, supports the President's decision.
Assistant Professor of History at Ohio Northern, Robert Waters, explains that if Kavanaugh is confirmed, this decision will have a large impact on national laws, to say the least. Assistant Professor of History at Ohio Northern, Robert Waters, explains that if Kavanaugh is confirmed, this decision will have a large impact on national laws, to say the least.

In a move that could shake up some of the higher profile laws-of-the-land, President Trump announced last night Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee.

Ohio's two senators have much different opinions of the Supreme Court nominee. 

Confirmation hearings have yet to take place, leaving the final decision in the hands of the U.S. Senate. 

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown has various concerns with the choice. However, he has not determined what his final vote will be. 

"I'm already very troubled by the direction of the Supreme Courts stripping away labor rights and consumer rights and women's rights from far too many Ohioans. I want to delve into Judge Kavanaugh's record, I want to speak to him face to face. I want to look at his decisions but I've already seen a hostility to labor rights to workers rights to consumer rights from his decisions but I reserve judgment until I really look into more detail about his work record," says Senator Brown. 

Republican Senator Rob Portman, who has a personal relationship with Kavanaugh, supports the President's decision. 

"I think he picked someone who is in the mainstream who is really smart and has got a good record as a judge and lots of cases to look at. He's also though a guy with a big heart. I know him personally, I worked with him and have known him for 15 years, he was in the Bush White House when I was there. I don't know what the politics are but I do know that is is good to have him on the Supreme Court so let's go through a thorough process, get everyone's questions answered, let everyone vote and hopefully he'll be confirmed before the October term starts," says Senator Portman. 

Assistant Professor of History at Ohio Northern, Robert Waters, explains that if Kavanaugh is confirmed, this decision will have a large impact on national laws, to say the least. 

"Justice Anthony Kennedy who had been the swing vote who had decided yes we'll keep abortion but we will keep it more limited and he was the one who was the swing vote who had decided yes there will be gay marriage at the national level. Assuming Kavanaugh is as conservative as people think he is, he would say these go back to the state level where they had been before the Supreme Court had stepped in," says Waters. 

Professor Waters and Senator Portman estimate that the decision will take about 60 to 65 five days. 

If that estimate is correct, Judge Kavanaugh will have an impact on supreme court decisions for the October term. 

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