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Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters Prior to Departure for Topeka, Kansas

October 06, 2018

Senate Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh/Kansas Gubernatorial and Congressional Elections

Q. Mr. President, your thoughts about the upcoming vote? [Inaudible]

The President. We're really looking forward to the vote. He will be a great Justice of the Supreme Court. People have thought that for 10 years. They thought—he's just an extraordinary person, a great, great talent. And I think he's going to make us all very proud.

I also feel very strongly that, in the end, maybe the process, it was really unattractive. But the extra week was something that I think was really good. I thought it was really good.

I think a lot of very positive things happened in the last week. It didn't look that way, but in the end, that's what happened. It was uncorroborated. It was so many different things. He's going in looking very good. But I'll have further comment later. I want to go; I want to watch the vote.

Q. [Inaudible]

The President. I'm heading—excuse me—I'm heading out to Kansas. Kris Kobach is running for Governor. Steve Watkins is running for Congress. We have a big crowd, and I look forward to it.

We'll be watching—in a little while, we'll be watching on television, the vote. And the votes are very exciting. This is a very exciting time. Anytime you have a chance to put a Supreme Court Justice in position—and in this case, I think he's going to be a great, great Supreme Court Justice for many years—it's a very exciting time.

So we're going to Kansas, but we'll see you in a little while after the vote.

[At this point, many reporters began speaking at once.]

Q. You and Senator Collins have not—[inaudible].

The President. Say it again.

Senator Susan M. Collins

Q. You and Senator Collins have not always seen eye to eye. What do you think—[inaudible]?

The President. I thought that Susan was incredible yesterday. You could see how hard she worked, how hard she was working. She didn't stop. And I know for a fact, because I spoke with her. She didn't stop. And she gave an impassioned, beautiful speech yesterday, and that was from the heart. That was from the heart.

I have great respect for Susan Collins, and I always have.

Thank you. Thank you.

NOTE: The President spoke at 3:05 p.m. on the South Lawn at the White House prior to boarding Marine One. In his remarks, he referred to Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach.

Donald J. Trump, Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters Prior to Departure for Topeka, Kansas Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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