"He has been accused of being a "mainstream" or "establishment" Republican, as if this makes him an unreliable conservative". He conducted interviews Monday and Tuesday. Indeed, Trump and first lady Melania will dine with Pence and the second lady on Friday night at his Bedminster, N.J. club. "Mike Lee. I think he would be extraordinary", Cruz told Fox News on the day of Kennedy's retirement.
Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday it would be entirely within bounds to ask President Donald Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nominee whether the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion is "settled law".
However, three sources familiar with Kethledge's reasoning and judicial philosophy have raised concerns with Breitbart News over his tendency, not unlike his one-time boss Justice Kennedy, to resort to sweeping moral judgment, rather than constitutionally-mandated restraint, in reaching his opinions. Support for Barrett came despite the contentious hearing she faced before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Sen.
President Trump's choice to replace Kennedy - a swing vote on the nine-member court - has the potential to remake the court for a generation as part of precedent-shattering decisions on abortion, health care, gay marriage and other issues. Amazingly enough, Kavanaugh, who complained that the appeals court majority was providing a right to "immediate abortion on demand", is being criticized from the right for not going even farther. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has expressed reservations about one top potential nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, according to a person familiar with the call but not authorized to publicly disclose details of it.
Three of those Democratic senators in states where voters backed Trump - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of in - all voted to confirm Trump's first high court appointee, Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Trump's process has echoes of his search for a Supreme Court justice past year - he eventually nominated Neil M. Gorsuch - and his consideration of a running mate during the 2016 presidential campaign. Both Kavanaugh and Kethledge are former Supreme Court clerks for Kennedy.
The three leading candidates were all on a list of 25 names released by the president past year. Health care is also "very important" to him, and he says he's upset "by what Republicans are trying to do to health care".
Kethledge, 51, was confirmed to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2008 after spending most of his career in private practice.
One group aligned with Democrats began running ads Thursday in the home states of Sens. In any case, I suppose we'll have to wait until July 9th to find out who the selection is. Collins, a pro-choice centrist who has bucked her party on pivotal votes in the past, will be one of the most closely watched by Democrats and Republicans alike. The nomination process is a windfall to every GOP nominee in every Senate race, but it would especially benefit James (and thus Mitch McConnell and the president) by adding an upset special to the long list of vulnerable incumbent Democrats, especially in states the president won handily. 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.
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