"I accept that President Trump's judicial nominations may not match my own ideology".
Saturday's confirmation is seen as a clear win for President Donald Trump in his efforts to further push the court to the right.
Kavanaugh's path to the court seemed unfettered until mid-September, when Ford accused him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her in a locked bedroom at a 1982 high school gathering.
"This chapter in our history book will not be the story of men who believed men, that's old news", the official Time's Up account posted in a series of tweets. Seeing all the anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators, she says, makes her feel confident about the next generation and the upcoming midterm elections. There has been no contemporaneous evidence or witness to back up her account.
"And it is long overdue", said Ms. Collins. "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy".
Topeka police Sgt. Jayme Green said he didn't know of any arrests being made during the protest.
"I do not believe that those charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said. Murkowski had already announced her intention to vote "no". Manchin, who faces a competitive re-election next month in a state Trump overwhelmingly carried in 2016, voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination in a key procedural vote earlier Friday.
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"And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".
"The President nominated a jurist who has been described by legal peers of all political stripes as a superstar", McConnell said, later adding that "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is among the very best our nation has to offer".
The Senate elections are being fought in mostly Republican states, where conservative voter turnout could be decisive, while the House elections and its important suburban swing districts may not be swayed by Kavanaugh too much as they typically are not so easily excited by partisan fights.
When it was Murkowski's turn, she rose and practically whispered "no", returning to her chair and snot talking to any senator for another 10 minutes as she stared stone-faced at the front of the room. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), all voted to confirm Kavanaugh.
"I believe we are dealing with issues right now that are bigger than a nominee", she said, and it "just may be that in my view he's not the right man for the court at this time". "And that is hard".
Two Republican waverers, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, finally made a decision to back the judge. Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh but was in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Every Democrat except one - senator Joe Manchin voted against him.
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As the clock ticked down to a final vote, Republican and Democratic senators continued to give floor speeches debating the nomination.
Trump said the protesters were not genuine, but had been paid by liberal political donors and that his party would prevail in November when one-third of the Senate seats and all House seats will be up for election. He has denied the allegation.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat".
Yet none of that was enough to sway Republicans to oppose Kavanaugh. They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.
Several recent polls show that Republican enthusiasm about voting, which had lagged behind Democrats, jumped after a contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.
"I think he's going to be a great, great Supreme Court Justice for many years", he said.
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