Supreme Court nomination has become a campaign issue

Supreme Court nomination has become a campaign issue

Supreme Court nomination has become a campaign issue

"I want to be clear that a vote for any of the proposed nominees on Trump's list is a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade", said Ezra Levin, co-founder of the protest group Indivisible.

She added: "Roe v Wade is a constitutional right that is well established".

Trump said he will name his nominee for the court by next Monday.

I'm holding applause for Collins.

In fact, in 2017, Neil Gorsuch - Trump's first Supreme Court pick who now sits on the court - said he would have "walked out the door" had Trump asked him to overturn Roe v. Wade because "that's not what judges do".

With Kennedy gone, many people are predicting that Roe v. Wade could be overturned.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it's even closer because of the absence of ailing Sen.

Nearly every Republican in the Senate, which will confirm the successful nominee, is expected to vote with Trump as a matter of course.

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Collins said Sunday she hopes Trump will look beyond his current list of potential nominees, noting there are nominees on the current list for whom she would not vote. Susan Collins (R-ME) about her history of getting "played' by confirming judges who believe that abortion right for women should be restricted or abolished".

Trump has said he is focusing on up to seven potential candidates, including two women, to fill the vacancy created by Kennedy, a swing vote on the nine-member court. Kennedy often sided with more liberal justices on issues like abortion and gay rights. "I believe that is a very important, fundamental tenet to our judicial system". "I had a very, very interesting morning".

All of three Collins confirmed have been consistent votes in support of increasing abortion restrictions that are on the verge in some states of - in fact, if not in law - eliminating legal abortions.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, appearing separately on "State of the Union", urged Collins to be skeptical of a nominee's claims to support precedent, noting that Gorsuch joined his four conservative colleagues on the court to overturn precedent in last week's ruling in a labor union case, Janus v. AFSCME.

Such a judge, she said, "would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda". "I care deeply about who serves on the court".

If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked. But he told reporters on Friday that he would not question potential high-court nominees about their views on abortion, saying it was "inappropriate to discuss".

When Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the US Supreme Court last Wednesday, he did more than just create a historically significant opening on the highest court - he also indirectly upended the way advertising will be prioritized for a large chunk of the final stretch of the 2018 midterm elections.

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