Manchin says he is still undecided on Kavanaugh vote
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Friday morning he is still undecided on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote as all eyes right now are on a handful of senators who have not yet made up their mind.
Manchin spoke with Eyewitness News as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote on the confirmation after testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Ford, who accuses the U.S. Supreme Court nominee of attempted sexual assault. A vote is expected at 1:30 p.m.
"So, there's something that's real and she was compelling in that,” Manchin said. “He was compelling in defending his honor, he was very upset, and I can understand that because of the attacks. He has two little girls. I have family, we all have children and the empathy you have and sympathy for your family, having to go through it.
"We're going through a difficult time; we're gonna survive. We'll make some decisions, everyone is not going to agree with these decisions. I've got to make my decisions based on all the facts I can gather in front of me and that's what I'm doing right now."
Even if the committee votes no, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to bring Kavanaugh's nomination up for a final confirmation vote before the full Senate as early as Tuesday.
While Manchin said he is undecided, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, announced Friday morning he would support Kavanaugh.