Supreme Court Nominee List Shortens to Mostly 'Identical' Candidates

Erika Holt
July 9, 2018

At the center of this effort are Sen.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is another Republican who sometimes rejects strict Republican orders.

"And even if some of these Republicans did oppose Lee - even just one - I think that boil needs to be lanced", he said. A vote against one of Trump's Supreme Court nominees could add a lot more fuel to the fire.

His pick could end up shifting the court's ideological tilt for years to come.

Trump said he has narrowed his choice to three or four contenders. It has 500 door-to-door canvassers on the ground in Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Florida, and it will soon expand to West Virginia and North Dakota - all states that Trump won and where Democrat senators are up for reelection.

President Trump has spent most of this week interviewing candidates for the SCOTUS nomination.

Vice President Mike Pence met this week with three potential nominees, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Barrett, according to a source with knowledge of the meetings. The list was by and large the intellectual brainchild of the Federalist Society, the association of conservative lawyers.

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LAT: So if I had to guess, I would say that it will be either Judge Kavanaugh or Judge Kethledge, which is basically a position I have taken since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement.

Starting from a list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups, Trump has also given serious consideration to federal appeals court judges Amul Thapar and Joan Larsen, and it's possible the White House will prepare materials on more people.

This is the point that Democrats are working diligently to broadcast. In practice, that means that 51 votes, rather than 60, are needed to confirm nominees. "That's what this was", Lee told the Deseret News at the time. But that "elevates the saliency of other issues" where the Supreme Court has ruled, including the Affordable Care Act and coverage for contraception.

The Republican governor said during a radio interview that the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion "should not be an issue" that decides whether a nominee to the bench is successful. An Associated Press analysis found that roughly two-thirds of the judges who have been confirmed under Trump are white men. "The American people since Trump became president have gone to airports to protect immigrants, they've marched for women's rights". John McCain's absence as he battles cancer has pared that edge to 50-49, making every GOP vote decisive. While some critics have claimed that 2011 case helped pave the way for the law's individual mandate to be upheld by the Supreme Court, others say the criticism is unfounded - and Kavanaugh actually spoke out against the mandate. A document obtained by TIME that outlines Senate Democratic strategy notes that any nominee that augurs a potential threat to the ACA - particularly to protections for people with preexisting medical conditions - is likely to convince an undecided senator to vote against them.

"I think I have it down to four people, and I think of the four people, I have it down to three or two". Conservative groups rallied around Barrett after her confirmation hearing a year ago featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions. She and U.S. Sen. In her 20s she co-authored a paper that said Catholic judges, if they are faithful to church teachings, are "morally precluded" from enforcing the death penalty.

"In an op-ed for Deseret News, a prominent newspaper in Hatch's home state of Utah, the longtime Republican lawmaker wrote a defense of the coming nominee in the midst of a highly polarized and evenly split Senate".

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