While activists and progressive groups are targeting moderate Republican senators who support abortion rights like Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, urging them to reject any Trump nominee who is hostile to Roe v. Wade, a handful of Democrats will be key in deciding whether the president gets his pick confirmed to the high court, because of the razor-thin partisan divide in the Senate. He now works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. Barletta was elected to the U.S. House in 2010-a Republican "wave" year-and was also rumored to be on Trump's short list for labor secretary during the transition. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told NPR's Morning Edition. I am thinking of that person, but I will announce it on prime time TV at the White House.
And with that, Thomas Hardiman - the judge who Trump passed over last year to install Neil Gorsuch to the seat once held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia last year - was back in play. Democrats are already mobilizing against the possible contenders, arguing that his choice could help undermine abortion rights, healthcare protections, marriage equality, affirmative action and a host of other issues in ways that could fundamentally reshape American life.
Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has replaced Republican Sen. Their support for Gorsuch and possibly Kavanaugh could attract moderate GOP voters in what are expected to be tight fall races - but also cost the centrist trio some backing from liberals and progressives opposed to Trump and his judicial nominees.
Kavanaugh is expected to meet in coming days with senators at their offices, going door-to-door in get-to-know-you sessions ahead of confirmation hearings. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen. The two have supported access to abortion services.
Casey said he opposes the process by which Trump is picking his judges, which he described as choosing from a list of 25 nominees prepared by conservative organizations such as the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. I will take the same approach as I have previously for a Supreme Court vacancy.
Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 majority, making any efforts by Democrats to thwart Trump's nominee an uphill battle.
Hardiman has a tale Republicans like McConnell love: a former taxi driver from the key swing state of Pennsylvania who comes with the recommendation of fellow 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry - the president's sister.
Once the president made his announcement, Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts took to Twitter to voice her dissent saying she'll "vote no" and "it's time to fight" because the nomination requires a Senate majority vote.
Kavanaugh served under President George W. Bush which is partly why some have labeled him as more of an establishment choice. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions. But she famously clashed with Senator Dianne Feinstein during her confirmation hearing past year to be an appeals court judge.
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