‘Generally conservative’ candidates on Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist, nomination coming soon

‘Generally conservative’ candidates on Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist, nomination coming soon

‘Generally conservative’ candidates on Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist, nomination coming soon

Still, it is clear from statements, news conferences, interviews and in speeches on the Senate floor, McConnell consistently and specifically said that "the presidential election process" - and not "a lame-duck president" - should decide the next Supreme Court justice.

Liberals compared that ruling to the 2010 decision that let corporations spend unlimited amounts on elections and the 2013 ruling that struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act as actions that could fundamentally change how campaigns are waged and votes are cast.

The senator was among several key Democrats and Republicans meeting with Trump late Thursday at the White House as the administration prepares to move quickly to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy by fall.

Kennedy's decision to leave the court at the end of July was met with anger and dismay by many Democrats, who regarded the Reagan-appointed justice as the crucial "swing vote" in decisions such as Obergefell, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2015.

During the candidate vetting the last time, the White House asked all the contenders whom they would pick instead of themselves - and they all said Gorsuch, said the person, who was not authorized to disclose private conversations. We have to pick one that's going to be there for 40 years, 45 years.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called it "the most important Supreme Court vacancy for this country in at least a generation".

Of the 25 names Trump has listed as potential nominees to the Court, Collins has supported all of the candidates nominated to a court during her time in the Senate except one, Judge William Pryor of the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

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"The Supreme Court could do quite a lot of damage to the right recognized in Roe without ever formally overruling it, simply by upholding state laws that make it harder and harder for women to obtain abortions without banning them", Vladeck said. Trump's huge margin with these voters exceeded the victory margins they gave GOP presidential candidates George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney. They include judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the most talked-about woman on the list; Thomas Hardiman, 52, the runner-up to Gorsuch past year; Raymond Kethledge, 51, another former Kennedy clerk; and Amul Thapar, 49, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

So who will benefit most from the debate over Justice Kennedy's retirement?

The three Democrats have broken with their party when it comes to some of Trump's most important nominations. In the court's most recent major abortion ruling, Kennedy was in the majority to strike down regulations on Texas abortion clinics.

More quietly, abortion opponents are confident the next justice will be a vote to uphold additional restrictions on abortion, if not to actually jettison the landmark Roe decision.

The more the Supreme Court has gone beyond the role envisioned for it by the Founding Fathers and become a political actor, the more any vacancy on the court energizes partisans on both sides.

The Senate is controlled 51-49 by Trump's fellow Republicans, meaning that if they remain unified they can overcome any Democratic opposition like that mounted against Gorsuch. He had released a version of the list during the 2016 campaign and seemingly used it to assuage Republican voters uneasy about his conservative bona fides.

Trump says he thinks that is "inappropriate to discuss". "That will begin immediately", Trump said at the White House.

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