Missouri's McCaskill speaks after meeting with US Supreme Court nominee

Missouri's McCaskill speaks after meeting with US Supreme Court nominee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS/AP) - Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has met with President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

The Democrat met with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, Aug. 21. She faces a tough battle for re-election this year in a state Trump won by 19 points.

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McCaskill has said she wanted to know Kavanaugh's opinion on the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens' United decision that allowed corporate spending in elections.

"I welcomed the opportunity to talk with Judge Kavanaugh about his views on ensuring Missourians retain critical healthcare protections, removing dark money from politics, and guaranteeing powerful corporate interests don't prevail over individual Americans—and look forward to hearing more about how he approaches these issues during his upcoming confirmation hearing," said McCaskill.

McCaskill also says she wanted to know how Kavanaugh feels about a Republican-led lawsuit to overturn former President Barack Obama's health care law. And she says she was interested in Kavanaugh's views in cases of "the little guy versus the big guy."

Republicans have been pressuring Democratic senators up for re-election this year to meet with Kavanaugh, particularly in states that Trump won.

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