Senators Who Will Likely Decide The Next Supreme Court Justice

Senators Who Will Likely Decide The Next Supreme Court Justice

Two sources close to the process said Trump has also expressed interest in Utah Senator Mike Lee, who has the support of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Nominated by former President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and confirmed the following year, Kennedy has been considered a moderate who occasionally sided with the liberal bloc, including in 2015 when he wrote the majority opinion in favor of marriage equality in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Washington to his private golf club in New Jersey, Trump said he may interview two contenders for the nomination this weekend. Those laws are facing legal challenges, some of which seem likely to end up before the Supreme Court.

Kennedy's replacement could cast a deciding vote on limiting or ending the right to abortion.

If Roe v Wade was overturned, 24 USA states would likely move to ban or severely limit abortion upon reconvening, at earliest within seven months of the supreme court's decision.

Ninety percent of Democrats said the vacancy would make them more likely to vote for a Democratic Senate candidate in the November 6 election, compared with 81 percent of Republicans who said the issue would make them more likely to vote for a Senate candidate from their party.

When asked is issues affecting women are the "most important" for 2018 candidates to discuss, almost half (48 percent) said they are "very important but not the most important issue". When it comes to the Supreme Court fight, that list is quickly culled to just three for one reason: they are the only Democrats who voted to confirm Gorsuch in 2017 - Indiana Sen.

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Left-wing and right-wing groups have sprung into high gear since Kennedy's announcement on Wednesday that he would step down, putting the balance of the court on key issues like abortion and gay rights into question.

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both Republicans, have said they expect the Senate to vote on a Supreme Court nominee well before the elections.

White House Counsel Don McGahn will be Trump's lead adviser on the pick, having successfully guided the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch through the selection and confirmation process previous year, White House sources said.

Unlike Heitkamp, Donnelly and Manchin are Democrats who generally oppose abortion rights and are endorsed by Democrats for Life, the "pro-life voice of the Democratic Party".

Matt Richardson is an editor for Fox News.

"We'd be very happy if he'd pick any name on that list", said Severino.

I don't know who this gentlemen is-he doesn't appear to be a member of the media-but his tweet was so downtrodden and hopeless, it earned a spot.

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