Supreme Court Abortion Rights Threat Will Be Election Boost for Democrats

01 July, 2018, 07:00 | Author: Tracy Craig
  • In Supreme Court pick, Trump can push conservative social agenda

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will announce his choice to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9, from a short list of candidates.

Though he may meet with one or two candidates during his stay at his golf club in New Jersey this weekend, "I'll probably interview six or seven" candidates altogether, Trump said.

Most respondents also said they would vote for a candidate who supports stronger workplace protections against sexual harassment and assault, and one who supports paid parental leave.

"I do not apply ideological litmus tests to nominees, but I want to see integrity, intellect, a respect for precedent and adherence to the rule of law", moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins told Reuters when asked about Roe v. Wade.

Earlier Friday, Trump made similar comments in an interview with Fox News and said he was looking for a nominee who closely models Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump nominated in January 2017.

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This is a developing story and will be updated. The future of Kennedy's seat has been a moment abortion rights opponents and supporters alike have been anticipating for years because Kennedy historically sided with the liberals on the court in favor of protecting abortion rights.

"I've got it down to about five", Trump said, including two women.

In the run-up to selecting Gorsuch, Trump met with three contenders and White House officials vetted several more.

For Republicans' part, they need to balance actively campaigning against the trio in 2018, while courting their votes for the Supreme Court nominee. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, who is an attorney but not a judge. "And as you know there have been many presidents that never got a choice". After Trump's appointment of Neil Gorsuch a year ago, Democrats fret that a fifth conservative judge on the Court could put the right to abortion at risk. Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota also talked to Trump. Neither senator is known for telegraphing how they will cast their votes until right before the vote is called, so the spotlight will likely be on them in the months ahead. "I would say that he is among the most powerful justices since at least 1937". He said he thinks those issues are "inappropriate to discuss". Kennedy, the court's crucial swing vote, has served on the court for 30 years.

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