Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks to protesters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Manchin noted that he had "great concern" about what a conservative-majority court would mean for the Affordable Care Act's provisions benefiting those with pre-existing conditions.
"You've got to overlook his Ivy League background and how they don't teach much in the way of the Constitution", said the former judge, who got his law degree at Baylor.
On the D.C. Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh sided with Priests for Life against the Obama administration's contraception mandate, but also suggested the government has a "compelling interest in facilitating access to contraception for the employees of.religious organizations". He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987, and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1990.
"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an bad lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.
Judge Kavanaugh would have ruled to strike down Obamacare as unconstitutional.
Trump said that Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials" and is "universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".
Shortly after Trump announced Kavanaugh as his pick to succeed Kennedy, the Women's March issued a press release condemning the nomination.
GOP leaders, with a slim majority in the Senate, are anxious to have Kavanaugh in place for the start of the court's session in October - and before the November congressional elections.
In a moment fraught with political consequences, the Supreme Court's conservatives, liberals and moderates all agreed that the president had to comply with a subpoena, that he was not above the law. John McCain of Arizona.
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And imagine this: Three of the justices at the time, including the chief justice, had been nominated to the court by the same Republican president whose fate their votes sealed.
Speaking at the White House, Judge Kavanaugh spoke about his Catholic faith.
Kennedy's position in the court's center guarantees a fierce confirmation fight.
Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, told Al Jazeera that his organisation's immediate call of action would be to "have its members across the U.S. express their views to senators in their states and urge them to oppose this nomination".
"President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement moments after Trump's announcement. It's unclear what evidence there is for that, other than Trump's promise to appoint anti-abortion judges.
Prior to being tapped by Trump, some conservatives questioned Kavanaugh's bona fides, and he's controversial with Democrats because of his role in the Starr investigation of Clinton.
In 2016, Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel to hold a hearing for then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, for almost a year, saying that Obama's successor make the choice.
"I especially want to express our gratitude to Mitch McConnell for all that he did to make this achievement possible", Trump said.
Though often a swing vote on social issues, Kennedy tended to side with the conservative wing in blockbuster employment cases, including two from this term: Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, which made it legal for employers to require workers to sign class-action waivers, and Janus v. AFSCME, which will likely decrease union membership by making the entire public sector right-to-work. There is litigation arising from plans by certain states including Louisiana and Kansas to stop reimbursements under the Medicaid insurance program for the poor for Planned Parenthood, a national abortion provider.