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Pres. Trump hopes to win Democratic support for Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) - The Trump administration is hoping to win the support of several moderate democrats for its Supreme Court nominee.

On Monday, the president encouraged senators from both parties to give judge Brett Kavanaugh a thorough examination ahead of his confirmation hearings.

“Last night was incredible, Brett Kavanaugh got great reviews," the president said while leaving the White House for a NATO summit.

The White House has begun selling the nominee to lawmakers, reaching out to members from both political parties.

“We feel very good about the number of individual meetings that Judge Kavanaugh is willing to have, with a collection of senators,” said Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to the president. "When they get to know him, when they look at his record and opinions, when they ask him were confident they'll be convinced." 

The White House is also circulating a list of lawmakers comments about the nominee.

“Brett Kavanaugh is a qualified, mainstream jurist who possesses the right temperament and experience for the position, and I’m pleased to see his nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Sen. Marco Rubio via a circulated news release.

Senior White House aides said they expect Judge Kavanaugh to be confirmed before the next court term in October. Republican Senator John Thune from South Dakota is confident that will happen.

"I think the president made a good pick, but clearly we have a process we have to go through," Thune said.

Some Democrats are promising to keep an open mind. Ohio's Sherrod Brown says he plans to sit down with Kavanaugh in the coming weeks and ask him some tough questions. 

"The American public doesn't want a supreme court that's going to side with the insurance companies over consumer interest...The American public doesn't want a supreme court with or without Kavanaugh, that's going to decide for corporate interests against workers," said Brown.

"I look forward to sitting down with him, in my office, to have a frank discussion with him, and get to know his views on different areas," said Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, another Democrat.

But Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is promising a fight saying he hopes the public pressures both democrat and republican lawmakers to block the nomination.

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