Retired Justice John Paul Stevens is one of the longest serving Supreme Court justices, and he dissented on Bush v Gore amid the recount that propelled Bush to the presidency.
I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability or his record as a federal judge.
"I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind", Stevens said, noting how many people felt Kavanaugh was too combative.
"And I think there is merit in that criticism and that the senators should really pay attention to it".
At one point during the hearing, he called the Democrat's behaviour during his nomination process "an embarrassment", which led to the left to accuse Kavanaugh of showing bias not appropriate for the court.
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He served from 1975 until his retirement in 2010.
Current and former justices on the Supreme Court, in keeping with their traditional reluctance to engage in heated political matters for fear of compromising the court's appearance of neutrality, generally have not weighed in on the allegations surrounding Kavanaugh.
The Senate advanced Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday, setting up a final vote expected on Saturday.
"At that time, I thought (Kavanaugh) had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected", Stevens said. The incident allegedly took place when they were both in high school.
Stevens doesn't even bring up the possibility that Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women; the fact that Kavanaugh was unable to hide his obstinately biased opinions is enough to disqualify him.
When Cerabino asked Stevens why some justices, Stevens included, have sided with liberals despite being nominated by conservatives, Stevens replied that he's never been "a political person". Almost 1,000 law professors signed a letter this week that said he "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land". Several thousand protesters gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, marching to the Hart Senate Office Building for a protest in the atrium, the New York Times reports.