"This hasn't been fair to the judge, but I also recognize that we need to have institutions that are viewed as fair and if people who are victims, people who feel that there is no fairness in our system of government, particularly in our courts, then you've gone down a path that is not good and right for this country", she continued.
The court has the final say on issues such as abortion and gun control. The tweet referenced an infamous "Saturday Night Live" skit in which Tina Fey, portraying Palin, said she could see Russian Federation from her house. "Looking forward to calling Judge Kavanaugh, Justice Kavanaugh", Daines tweeted Friday.
Sen. Susan Collins, the Maine Republican everyone had been waiting on to announce her vote, built up her support for Kavanaugh in a roughly 45-minute speech before concluding, "Mr. President, I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".
As they mulled Kavanaugh, a Democrat up for re-election in a state which traditionally votes Republican came out against the nominee. He also blamed Democrats for the treatment he received.
Four senators still haven't said how they'll vote ― Sens.
Collins said Christine Blasey Ford's dramatic testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week describing Kavanaugh's alleged 1982 assault on her were "sincere, painful and compelling". While the morning vote does not dictate what any of the Senators will do in the final confirmation vote, Murkowski's "no" was seen as critical because it is unlikely that she would move back to a "yes" for the final vote.
Minutes after Collins' announced her support, Manchin announced his backing of the judge.
US Senate: Don't Approve Kavanaugh Nomination
Senators voted 51-49 to officially end debate on Kavanaugh's confirmation and begin counting down to the final vote, tentatively set for 4:30 p.m. The judge said his angrily testimony, which was brutally parodied by Matt Damon on Saturday Night Live, "reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused".
Senators continued to go in and out of the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, Friday morning before the key vote.
In the op-ed on Thursday, Kavanaugh wanted to assure readers that his behavior at the hearing was not who he is.
While Collins acknowledged that Blasey Ford's testimony was honest, painful and compelling, and that the accuser is a sexual assault survivor, she added that "I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".
Murkowski has expressed unease with the sexual assault allegations lodged against Kavanaugh, which he denies.
Thousands of demonstrators marched through the nation's capital yesterday, starting at the appeals court where Judge Kavanaugh now presides.
Democrats charged that the White House prevented the Federal Bureau of Investigation from doing a thorough probe that might have run down leads, and multiple Yale classmates of Kavanaugh's tried to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation but say they were not interviewed.
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