Kavanaugh has served as a federal appeals court judge who comes as a somewhat more reserved choice among Trump's previously announced short list of nominees. having at time dissented from the Republican party on certain issues, including the Affordable Care Act.
President Trump announced the list of people he would pick from would be off the same list he had while on the campaign when Justice Antonine Scalia died suddenly months before the 2016 election.
While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight.
Democrats in the past also have pointed to Kavanaugh's work for Bush during the recount fight in the pivotal state of Florida in the 2000 presidential election, a controversy that was resolved only after the conservative-majority Supreme Court sided with Bush over Democratic candidate Al Gore, settling the election outcome. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy". CBS News reported that Judge Thomas Hardiman, who was the runner-up to Neil Gorsuch, was also a finalist. He was appointed to that post by President George W. Bush, after serving as Bush's White House staff secretary.
"Bob Casey is so blinded by partisanship that he is opposing a nominee for the Supreme Court before the pick is announced. This is a huge win for President Trump", Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, said in a statement.
"Justice Kennedy's resignation letter barely arrived in the President's hands before several Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all - anyone - that the President might name", McConnell said Monday.
Since 2006, Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often called the nation's second most powerful court.
Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings past year.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) already spoke out Monday evening saying that he was going to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination with "everything" he has.
Two other candidates for the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy - Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Judge Raymond Kethledge - were not the focus of Trump's morning discussions, according to those familiar with the discussions.
Kavanaugh, in brief remarks at the White House, underscored his conservative credentials. His friends? What is within the scope of Mueller's investigation?
Kethledge, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, is a former Kennedy clerk and a former in-house lawyer at Ford Motor Co.
Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 majority, making any efforts by Democrats to thwart Trump's nominee an uphill battle.
Barrett, the only woman under consideration, has the support of Sean Hannity, the Fox News host and close Trump ally, who played golf with the president in New Jersey on Sunday.
Some Trump supporters who were near the scene said they did not understand the point of the protests, arguing that people need to give the nominee a chance and praising Trump's record as president.
But Kavanaugh, who grew up in Washington as the son of a schoolteacher, has the reputation of a staunch conservative, one who many Republicans no doubt hope could help overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guarantees women the right to an abortion.