In an interview with Fox Business this morning, Senator Portman highlighted Judge Kavanaugh’s experience and qualifications for the Supreme Court. Portman worked with Judge Kavanaugh during service as a cabinet member in the Bush administration and has said he is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.                                                                            

Excerpts of his interview can be found below and a video can be found here:



“Yes, I do [think he will be confirmed by October 1st]. I think he is going to be a terrific nominee. In other words, I think he will do very well at his hearing. Let’s face it, this guy has all the qualifications. He is very smart. He has the right judicial philosophy, which is you don't legislate from the bench. The point I made in other discussions about him is he is just a very good person. I know him. I know his wife. I did work with him. You notice that during his speech he referenced not just coaching his daughters’ basketball team, which I think a lot of us relate to, but also the fact he works through his church to feed the homeless. He tutors kids at elementary school, underprivileged kids. This is a person with a big heart. That will come out as well.  

“I don't know but I think in combination with a few Democrats who are likely to support him, again once they see him, and see what an incredible jurist he would be, I think it’s very likely that he is going to get the votes. 

“I think if you look at what happened with regard to Neil Gorsuch—initially there were a lot of attacks from the left, but when he went through the process, most Americans looked at this and said ‘this is the kind of person I want. He is fair and independent and smart.’ I think that is what they are going to see with Judge Kavanaugh. I think the voters around the country, including those in the more red states, are going to say ‘hey, what is wrong with this guy? He looks like the kind of person I would want to have representing me on the United States Supreme Court.’”