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Donnelly: Still Undecided on Kavanaugh

Senator says he's still reviewing opinions, committee testimony for "signals" to what kind of justice Kavanaugh would be

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says he's still undecided on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

The first-term Democrat says last week's raucous confirmation hearing produced so much so quickly that he's still reviewing it, as well as the 300 opinions Kavanaugh has authored as a federal judge. He says he's looking for "signals" of what kind of justice Kavanaugh would be.

For many of the handful of undecided senators, the key issue is abortion. Donnelly, who's anti-abortion, says a critical issue for him is the latest legal challenge to the federal health care law. He says he reminded Kavanaugh when they met privately last month of the judge's professed adherence to the Jesuit motto of being "a man for others," and asked him how he'd square that with taking health care away from people. He says Kavanaugh told him, "I can't." But he notes that's not a specific answer about a specific case.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination Thursday but is likely to postpone that vote another week, with a vote in the full Senate to follow.

Republican Senator Todd Young has already announced his support for Kavanaugh.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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