U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin announced Thursday that she will join fellow Democrats in opposing President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, saying Brett Kavanaugh would "turn back the clock on a woman's constitutional right and freedom to make her own health care choices".
White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh built up the debt by buying Washington Nationals season tickets and tickets for playoff games for himself and a "handful" of friends.
Kavanaugh paid off the debt in 2017, or at least enough of the debt to get it below the reporting threshold, and he has stopped buying season tickets, Shah said.
In 2016, Kavanaugh reported having between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt accrued over three credit cards and a loan.
Kavanaugh spent 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and has a record of more conservative rulings on environmental cases, favoring industry over regulators especially in cases related to greenhouse gas emissions.
The White House did not say how much of the debt came from ticket purchases, or name the friends involved in the transactions.
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Kavanaugh's disclosure shows that in 2016, he reported $60,000 to $200,000 of debt from three credit cards and a USA government loan, some of which was spent for home improvements, according to Shah.
Baldwin also added that she believes Kavanaugh would rule against Obamacare.
"In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left by Justice Kennedy, President Trump has chosen a nominee with impeccable credentials and a strong record of upholding the Constitution", McCain said. Judges aren't required to disclose this information.
Kavanaugh's finances reflect his years as an attorney in the public sector. The Court's newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, reported assets worth between $3.6 million to $10.5 million in his most recent filings.
"We have the largest field program we've ever had, and we're using it to take Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation fight directly to voters", RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to CNN.
Al Kauffman, a professor at St. Mary's University School of Law, said Kavanaugh has a pretty good chance at getting confirmed based on his qualifications, but it will be a very close vote.