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Two ND delegates show support for Kavanaugh

By Staff | Jul 13, 2018

North Dakota’s delegation to the United States capital expressed pleasure with President Donald Trump’s second United States Supreme Court appointee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Rep. Kevin Cramer (also candidate for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota) announced his support for Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“He is strongly committed to the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution and holds tight to the concept of the constitutional separation of powers to ensure government accountability and protect our liberty. His temperament, academic background and past judicial experience more than qualify him to serve on the highest court in the land. I believe these characteristics and values match perfectly with the expectations of the majority of North Dakotans and for these reasons, I support his nomination and strongly encourage our North Dakota Senators to unite in support of this outstanding nominee. This is a winning pick for North Dakota and deserves our two votes,” Cramer said in a statement released shortly after the announcement.

“Judge Kavanaugh’s record shows a deep respect for and strict interpretation of the Constitution,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, said in a statement. “Throughout his judicial career, Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated a strong commitment to upholding the law, rather than legislating from the bench. I look forward to meeting with him as the confirmation process gets underway.”

At press time, incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND, locked in an electoral battle with Cramer, remained unclear on her position. Sen. Heitkamp was invited but was not able to attend last night, she told Minot Daily News. She has made clear – as she said to the president in person two weeks ago – that she considers fully vetting Supreme Court nominees one of the most important jobs of any U.S. senator, and she plans to fulfill that critical duty.

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