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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s unprecedented use of the news media—appearing on television and writing an op-ed—could open a door for future nominees to campaign on their own behalf across multimedia platforms for a seat on the nation’s highest court.

Kavanaugh on Sept. 25 appeared with his wife on Fox television to defend himself against a sexual assault accusation by Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in California. On Thursday night, just hours before a crucial Senate vote on his nomination, Kavanaugh penned an op-ed article at The Wall Street Journal in an attempt to reassure Americans he would be a neutral justice despite his sharply partisan tirade against Senate Democrats and the “left” during a hearing on the accusation.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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