Where do state’s U.S. Senate candidates stand on Brett Kavanaugh confirmation?


After Senate Republicans announced Friday they would delay the final confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, candidates vying for both of Mississippi’s Senate seats shared their thoughts on the controversial process.
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated PressSupreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh looks over his notes during questioning on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sept. 6, 2018.
The confirmation process for Kavanaugh hit a snag Friday after Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, insisted that Senate leaders ask the FBI to spend a week investigating sexual assault allegations made against the nominee by Christine Blasey Ford.
Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary committee on Thursday, insisting that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were both in high school. Kavanaugh took the stand before the committee after Ford on Thursday, sternly denying Ford’s accusation.
The FBI will now investigate Ford’s allegation for no more than a week. Depending on the outcome of that investigation, Republican leaders in the Senate are expected to confirm or reject Kavanaugh’s nomination as early as next Friday.
Candidates in the regularly scheduled election for the seat currently held by Sen. Roger Wicker:
Democratic candidate David Baria: “This Thursday, Dr. Blasey Ford courageously came forth to recount her personal story of sexual assault to both the Senate and the world and I applaud the bi-partisan call for a full FBI investigation that has since followed. However, I could not be more disappointed in Mississippi’s two Senators for their refusal to join the bi-partisan call for a full FBI investigation. It is wrong for our Senators to hear from a credible and brave witness and then move to immediately dismiss her testimony without further inquiry. The entire country is watching what happens next – and it is my hope that these Senators do what is right