Alabama gubernatorial candidates discuss Kavanaugh

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP and WHNT) Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says that she believes Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "should be confirmed" based on what she knows, but added that she has only seen news accounts.

Asked her opinion of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Ivey first deferred to senators, saying it was their job to investigate.

She then said she believed Kavanaugh "should be confirmed" based on what she knows. She then quickly added that it was not a "fair question" because "I'm not there to see it eyeball-to-eyeball."

The Republican governor said senators need to evaluate the information and "give us their best decision."

We caught up with her opponent in the race for governor, Walt Maddox (D), to ask his thoughts.

"I'm glad to see that the governor agreed with our position from several months ago, that you've got to let the Senate do their job and not make a rush to judgment," he said. "We saw last week that Dr. Ford's testimony was extremely compelling and needed to be vetted, and I'm glad to see the FBI doing just that."

Maddox said as a father, the issues surrounding Kavanaugh and his accusers affect him.

"Being a father, and having a 16 year old daughter, it affects me greatly," he said. "And regardless of whether it's a Supreme Court nomination hearing, or what happens throughout our state, sexual assault can never be tolerated on any level, or in any way, no matter how long it's been."

Maddox added that since governors do not have a say in the confirmation process, he wanted to get back to talking about the business of the state.

The Senate could vote this week on whether to confirm Kavanaugh who has denied allegations he sexually assaulted a woman when he was a teenager in the 1980s.