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Conservatives line up behind possible Trump Supreme Court finalists

09 July 2018
Conservatives line up behind possible Trump Supreme Court finalists

On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion. Issues such as gay rights and abortion, on which... As White House officials handled Pruitt's exit, some Trump allies wondered whether the president might announce his choice before Monday to bump Pruitt from the headlines. "I think they're all outstanding".

Of the three, Barrett might have the most controversial credentials. Welch said a woman's legal right to abortion is on the line if any of President's Trump's Supreme Court candidates are confirmed.

Democrats can not block Trump's nominee without help. The move complicated the outlook in the Senate, where Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority.

Two Senators who could make or break any of these nominees' chances are Sen.

According to National Public Radio (NPR), Trump has reduced the names of the potential nominees to three judges - Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge.

Kethledge also has earned the scorn of some conservatives who question his views on immigration. "The whole list is extraordinary", he said.

Barret clerked for late Supreme Court Justice Scalia, a constitutional conservative.

This is the point that Democrats are working diligently to broadcast. As Trump's announcement nears, many have the future of Roe v. Wade top of mind. The campaign will invest heavily in the ME and Alaska markets to stoke the mounting pressure on Collins and Murkowski to vote against the nominee. "You're going to have to do some outreach to people across the aisle if you're going to have any chance of defeating anyone outside the judicial mainstream". And two of Kavanaugh's opinions upheld Obama's Affordable Care Act. But the tactical approach in question - appealing directly to the American public - speaks to the extent to which the court of popular opinion has become a formidable force in US politics in the aftermath of Trump's election.

Conservative activists want Trump to replace him with a nominee who is more unwaveringly conservative.

After that, 24 of them will remain on what will be the not-quite-it list - a collection of administration-approved conservatives designed by the Federalist Society to appeal to Trump's all-important base of supporters.

And all that has to happen is Republicans need at least 50 "yes" votes.

In an MSNBC clip noted by the Daily Caller, Roberts said "misogynistic laws" would be able to stand because of the anti-abortion rulings a conservative Court could potentially make. Senate Democrats would demand to see every one them.

But convincing Collins and Murkowski is hardly a given. McCaskill, a centrist Democrat who broke with her other red state colleagues by voting against Neil Gorsuch past year, insists that she has not already made up her mind to vote "no" against retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Coney Barrett previous year during her confirmation hearing in an exchange about the judge's Catholic faith - a comment that was roundly criticized by religious leaders. McConnell reportedly believes that Barrett might encounter resistance from Sens.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump pledged to nominate judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade. "It's pretty easy - we just did all the work on these people".