Jon Delano Weighs In On The Kavanaugh Hearings

"When you have a 51% to 49% senate, its race or death"

Larry Richert and John Shumway
September 28, 2018 - 9:50 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The world was glued to the television on Thursday during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

First the country heard from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh followed shortly after. 

Jon Delano, Political Editor for KDKA-TV, joined KDKA Radio on Friday to discuss everything that took place yesterday in Washington D.C.

How do you feel after watching yesterday’s hearings?

"You are left with a classic ‘he said, she said.' The republicans who control the judiciary committee don't want to investigate much further, so your kind of left with, which one of these guys do you believe?"​ Delano explains.

"I'm afraid that's what’s left for the country, and given the nature of the U.S. Senate, the partisan nature of it, you are left wondering whether most of these 100 senators are going to vote for their party, as opposed to rendering a judgement as to which one they believe."

There are members of this committee, Jeff Flake for one, who is no fan of the administration. Could the way they vote on this have an impact on who votes for them in November?

​“Senator Flake is not running for re-election and he has been quite critical of President Trump. He's a conservative Republican who has long wanted to change the US Supreme Court to make it more conservative. So, Brett Kavanaugh would be his guy if that was his only goal,” Delano tells KDKA Radio.

“The question is whether or not he feels that the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh are sufficient and believable to keep him from doing what he might otherwise want to do, which is to make the court more conservative.”

Which Republicans have yet to speak?

“So far we haven't heard from Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) or Susan Collins (Maine). Those two in particular, there's been a lot of focus on. If they wait until the last minute for the floor of the senate, we won’t know one way or the other how they are going to vote,” Delano added.

"When you have a 51% to 49% senate, its race or death."

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