Republicans are facing a narrow majority - 51-49, including two independents who caucus with the Democrats - in order to appoint President Donald Trump's nominee and McCain's absence could hinder that process.
But Sharpton and the others framed their opposition to Kavanaugh as the threat he poses to the civil rights of Americans, specifically "rights" to abortion and contraceptives on demand, universal health care, gay marriage, and racial consideration for college admission.
While Kavanaugh, 53, was framed as the more "establishment" conservative pick of the other candidates, various Republicans had phoned Trump last week to voice their objections over his potential nomination, including about a 2011 opinion where he declined to rule the Obamacare health insurance mandate as unconstitutional.
The case has slim chance of success even if it does reach the conservative-leaning Supreme Court, said legal scholars, including some involved in previous Obamacare challenges. She voted in April 2017 to appoint Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's Supreme Court nominee who replaced the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
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In this series, the National Law Review will examine Kavanaugh's record on some major issues as well as synthesize external analysis of his positions from major players in the field.
As senators begin the process of vetting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, public disclosure forms show he's not almost as wealthy as numerous justices on the high court.
"To my Democratic colleagues, I ask no more of you than I ask for myself, use the qualifications standard, having said that, I know most won't", Graham said.
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Still, Kavanaugh has a reputation as a stalwart conservative, bound to shift the political balance of the court.
Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Rand Paul of Kentucky could potentially have some problems with Kavanaugh. "But I just wanted to highlight that to him", Sullivan said.
"If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case and interpret the constitution", Kavanaugh said.
"One of the Senate's highest constitutional responsibilities is to provide advice and consent on nominations to the Supreme Court, and I look forward to the Senate fulfilling this critical duty through a fair and thorough confirmation process". Simultaneously, interest groups both for and against the nominee will be putting pressure on senators and trying to activate the public. Speaking to reporters, she said, "The healthcare issues are very important to me".
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It was, Strzok said, concern about the appearance of bias, rather than bias that caused his removal. Peter Strzok just destroyed the entire GOP's narrative in 120 seconds. "That is bias", Rep.