Arkansas elected officials react to President Trump's Supreme court pick

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Arkansas elected officials gave their opinions on President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Governor Asa Hutchinson tweeted out his support for Kavanaugh, "I like President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. He is highly qualified & has demonstrated his dedication to the rule of law through his service on the D.C. Circuit."

Senator Tom Cotton released a statement about the announcement, “Judge Kavanaugh has an impressive record as a jurist and as a lawyer. This is a highly consequential nomination, and it deserves the most careful consideration, so I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh soon to discuss more in detail his views on the Supreme Court’s role in our constitutional democracy.”

Senator John Boozman also released a statement where he encouraged the support of Kavanaugh, “Judge Kavanaugh is a distinguished jurist whose extensive experience and respect within the legal community make him uniquely qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. He has had an impressive legal career that the Senate recognized by confirming him with bipartisan support to the federal bench. I encourage my colleagues to thoroughly consider this nomination. I look forward to a fair confirmation process and hearing more from Judge Kavanaugh about his judicial philosophy.”

Arkansas Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge also reacted to the announcement with a statement. “Once again, President Donald Trump has appointed one of the country’s top legal minds to serve on the nation’s highest court. Judge Kavanaugh currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. and has worked in President George W. Bush’s administration, at the Justice Department and even clerked for Justice Kennedy. Judge Kavanaugh has continuously supported reigning in the over-regulation of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama Administration, as well as deeming the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutional. His legal experience and educational background make him an exceptional choice by the President and one that I fully support. I know Judge Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice will continue to protect the liberties of all Americans.”

On the democratic side, New York Senator, Chuck Schumer, wasted no time to say he will oppose Kavanaugh. Schumer said trump "has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block."

Democrats have also turned their attention to Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The two have supported access to abortion services.

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