Trump enjoying drama ahead making of Supreme Court pick Monday night

Elias Hubbard
July 9, 2018

Eastern time during a prime-time address in the White House's East Room. But a woman's right to choose may be at the center of the Senate's confirmation hearings.

President Donald Trump will announce his nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy tonight from the White House. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states. The president has said that he narrowed the list of potential candidates from 25 to two or three.

The choice was down to four people, he said, adding that "you can't go wrong" with any of them.

"I've never seen it this dysfunctional". He is seen as supporting originalism, an interpretation of the Constitution along the lines of its meaning at the time of enactment.

The finalists on Trump's list include Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.

It also plans to run ads next week in Manchin's, Donnelly's and Heitkamp's home states with a softer tone, asking them to continue protecting people with pre-existing health conditions by opposing a nominee who'd threaten that.

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But others suggest that predictions of doom for Roe v Wade are exaggerated.

"I don't think anyone should expect me to simply vote yes for this nominee just simply because my state may be more conservative than others", Mr. Jones said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".

While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules previous year during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch.

"Will they slowly eat away at Roe so at future date it might be overturned?"

Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump previous year.

Kethledge, 51, has served on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2008 after also being appointed by Bush.

The stakes are high for both sides.

Liberals are focused on Repubican senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have previously defended reproductive rights. Barrett has said she believes life begins at conception.

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, background right, board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 8, 2018, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. "And if they don't, they need to examine their political futures". Thus the Democrats now reap what they sowed, and are at an enormous disadvantage as this vital vote approaches. But 62% of Americans want a new justice confirmed before the November midterms, according to an NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll.

"Beyond the procedure, beyond the gamesmanship, it is a life-and-death important decision to be made by this court on so many issues", Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the body's No. 2 Democrat, said Sunday on NBC.

Trump was reportedly receptive to the idea, though it's unclear whether that will change his decision.

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them".

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