Sen. John Kennedy said after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's first three days of testimony, he would proudly vote to confirm him, but on Wednesday he could change his mind after he hears testimony expected Thursday from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses the federal judge of sexually assaulting her while they were in high school.
"That's the purpose of the hearing," the Louisiana Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"Now, I believe Judge Kavanaugh; I've spoken directly to Judge Kavanaugh, I've asked him point-blank. He is resolute, he's determined."
However, Kennedy said he wants to hear Ford's statement and allow her the respect and due process that she deserves.
"I want to treat Dr. Ford as if she were my daughter, but I want to treat Judge Kavanaugh as if he were my son here."
Kennedy said the discussion may be an analysis of memory, as the alleged events happened a long time ago, in the early 1980s.
"My mind is selective when I think back 30 or 40 years ago," he said. "My stroll down Memory Lane is kind of a lurch down Memory Lane...when I try to reconstruct things, sometimes I fill them in with what I think is the truth. I can't be 100% certain it's the truth."
He also noted that "anybody who has been watching this and who has the sense that God gave a goose" can see that Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings have been "marbled with politics," including at the first hearing when senators were talking over each other and protesters.
"I was embarrassed for us, quite frankly," said Kennedy.
Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics.
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