Liberals Ready To Fire Back At Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

"They're all saying, 'don't do that, you shouldn't do that, ' but I'm putting conservative people on and I'm very proud of Neil Gorsuch who has been outstanding. And I think of the four people I have it down to three or two", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday, as he traveled to a campaign rally in Montana.

Under particular pressure to side with the president are the three red-state Democrats who voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year and face hard reelection campaigns: Sens.

The three are Judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge with Kavanaugh and Barrett as the top two at the moment.

Ilyse Hogue, president of the abortion advocacy group NARAL, said that this "personal liberty" standard was necessary and any of President Trump's list of Supreme court picks would "decimate our rights as enshrined under Roe".

Pence met with Kethledge and Coney Barrett while in IN earlier this week, then sat down with Kavanaugh in Washington on Wednesday.

Conservatives and some libertarian-leaning Republicans, including Sen. But the longtime MI resident brings political upside to the process that Kavanaugh and several other contenders can not.

Paul and another Republican, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. However, last fall during her confirmation hearing to become an appellate court judge, the Democrats grilled Barrett about her strong Roman Catholic faith and the potential for it to conflict with her work as a judge. Any GOP defections could begin to doom a nominee. Schumer, the person said, pressed the president to name Garland to succeed Kennedy, arguing that doing so would help unite the country.

"We've had bad decisions overturned in the past", Beckwith said. He acknowledged that his fellow Kentuckian, Judge Amul Thapar, is a finalist, but noted, "The competition at this level is pretty intense".

Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice. He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday.

If Americans do not want to see a justice who could overturn the 1973 landmark case that legalized abortion - Roe v. Wade - or who will "undo" health care, he wrote, they should tell their senators not to vote for a nominee from Mr. Trump's list of 25 candidates. He's still taking input, making calls to Capitol Hill, the official said. The person did not specify which candidates Pence met with and spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday to describe the private search process.

But liberals are spreading fears that abortion could be outlawed by one of his candidates, and it's unclear if the president will choose a less controversial candidate as a result. They are the parents of seven children, two of whom are adopted from Haiti and a third - their youngest - who has special needs. Health care is also "very important" to him, and he says he's upset "by what Republicans are trying to do to health care".

But Lee has consistent support among conservative and libertarian activists, including some Republicans who worry about a nominee not upholding their principles and who say the Utah senator could bring more certainty.

During the confirmation process, Senate Democrats questioned Barrett about her Catholicism and past writings in which she said Catholic judges were in a "legal bind" in cases related to abortion and the death penalty.

Can Chuck Schumer keep 49 Democrats opposed to Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee regardless of who it is? His speed in getting the nomination process underway is tied to the Republican Party's desire to get a justice approved before the midterm elections.

This could not have been clearer with the recent announcement by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who said he will retire after 30 years on the bench effective July 31. Kethledge and Kavanaugh both served as clerks for Kennedy.

Kethledge's sudden ascent in the process is widely seen in the West Wing as a outcome of what conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh has called the "whisper campaign" against Kavanaugh, with the president newly intrigued by the University of Michigan Law School graduate.

Progressive groups contend that Barrett is not that jurist. Trump past year appointed conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to take a seat that the Republican-led U.S. Senate, which must confirm nominees to the high court, had prevented Democratic former President Barack Obama from filling in 2016 following the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

  • Rogelio Becker