Sen. Shaheen: "Troubled" By "What I Expect" To Be Kavanaugh's Stance On Reproductive Rights


Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) expressed Wednesday what troubles her about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Shaheen said although she does not know Kavanaugh's position on "women's reproductive freedom," she is "troubled" by what she expects it to be.

CNN HOST: In your statement after Kavanaugh was announced, you said I will only support Judge Kavanaugh's nomination if he protects the civil rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. Is that a real opening for you to vote yes, Senator?

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-NH): Well, as you know, Judge Kavanaugh has a long record of 12 years on the D.C. Circuit. He's done a lot of writings during that time. I think we're just beginning to find out what's in some of those. Before that he was a political operative. He worked in the Bush White House. He was involved with Ken Starr in that investigation. He was involved with the Elian Gonzalez situation. So he has a lot in his history that I'm interested in seeing more about and seeing where he has stood on certain issues.

I am troubled by his opposition to health care, to the Affordable Care Act. I'm troubled by his -- what I expect to be his stance on women's reproductive freedom. So there are a lot of questions that I want to ask him. But I think we need to have a full process where we have a chance to listen to what this nominee has to say, to learn about his record, and then to make a decision.

I think we need to go back to the days when people tried to look at nominees and see who -- whether they really are mainstream, whether they really can respect the precedent that's in the Constitution -- or in the Supreme Court decisions, and really uphold as Judge Kavanaugh said he wanted to do, the Constitution.

CNN: When you have Democrats who have already said that they've seen enough, they know enough and they're already a hard no, do you say they're wrong?

SHAHEEN: No. Everybody has to make up their own minds and that's why I intend to do that.

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