Trump still pondering Supreme Court pick as big reveal nears

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A person familiar with the search process confirms Pence's participation.

"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".

An added factor is the swiftly approaching 2018 midterm elections, in which several Democrats are facing tough re-election battles in traditionally conservative-leaning states. Susan Collins of ME, two relative centrists who have expressed concern over the dismantling of abortion rights in the U.S. 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.

Asked to name the four candidates on his shortlist, Trump refused but reaffirmed that "I have it down to four".

Now, advisers believe, all of Trump's finalists can earn the support of the president's party, and ultimately confirmation.

The remarks by liberal leaders at Thursday's news conference are aimed at raising pressure on senators, including Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who've backed abortion rights.

If confirmed, Amul Thapar will be the first Indian American and Asian American, both burgeoning sections of the America population, to become a Supreme Court judge. They see an opportunity now with Trump in the White House.

A Kentucky federal judge is no longer in the running to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters this week that the president had spoken with at least eight potential nominees and wants to select someone who has superior intellect, "the right temperament" and will uphold the Constitution.

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Republicans have often been seen as taking greater interest in the judiciary than Democrats. Thank you very much.

Trump has already pummeled the three senators for voting against the Republican tax cut bill during campaign rallies for their respective challengers.

Donnelly is easily one of the most conservative or moderate Democrats in the Senate.

Donnelly met with Trump the day after Kennedy's retirement, after which he remained open to supporting the future nominee.

Heitkamp is another wildcard on the Democratic side of the aisle. He was considered for the last Supreme Court vacancy, but didn't meet with Trump then.

"Political speeches are just that, but the next day, I'm ready to get to work". "There's an easy linkage for these two issues", and that, she says, will motivate swing voters and the base: women, baby boomers who don't want to lose their health benefits, and Millennials who thought reproductive rights were resolved. Supporters are "fired up" over the vacancy, she says.

On Election Day 2016, a fifth of all voters said the Supreme Court was their No. 1 voting issue - and a lot of them voted for Trump, says Mallory Quigley, spokesperson for the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports antiabortion candidates and lobbies on behalf of law and policy restricting abortion rights. "We can go through the fact that uh he's made some statements that some have identified correctly as religiously intolerant". If the pressure is enough, Manchin could likely bend to the White House's will on a Supreme Court nominee. John McCain's absence as he battles cancer has pared that edge to 50-49, making every GOP vote decisive.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, said he intends to hold hearings and vote on the president's pick this fall.