With plenty of fanfare, President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, picking DC-based appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
As expected, the pick is drawing plenty of attention, including a lot of opposition from Democrats.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he chose Kavanaugh because Kavanaugh would protect him from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
South Dakota two Republican Senators are supportive of the selection.
Sen. John Thune says, "Obviously has been a circuit court judge for the last dozen years or so and put up a very impressive record there in terms of his rulings his writings. But most importantly I think he comes across as someone who represents what I think we need on the court. And that's somebody who will use impartiality, that will apply the laws and constitution and not try to legislate from the bench."
Sen. Mike Rounds says, "My first reaction is it was a very positive speech he made. He gave a great message. I tell people in many cases it's not so much what he said but how you felt when he was done. He did a very good job of making us feel like was the right man for the job."
In a statement Monday night the South Dakota Democratic Party said, "If confirmed, Kavanaugh would threaten women's rights, workers' rights, civil rights and voting rights for generations to come."