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Johnson praises Kavanaugh, expects Senate confirmation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican, is praising President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, saying he expects a swift confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

Johnson said in a conference call on Thursday that he had been impressed with Kavanaugh in their meeting on Wednesday, calling him a “decent human being.” Senate confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin on Sept. 4.

Johnson says all Democrats should join Republicans in supporting him. The other senator representing Wisconsin, the Democrat Tammy Baldwin, opposes Kavanaugh’s confirmation. She says he would “turn back the clock on a woman’s constitutional right and freedom to make her own health care choices.”

Johnson is downplaying Democrats’ concerns about Kavanaugh’s previous writings, saying “I don’t know what Democrats are looking for. Are they looking for his fourth grade essay?”

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