Alabama Democrat keeping an open mind on Trump's SCOTUS pick

President Donald Trump announces Judge Neil Gorsuch standing with his wife Louise as his nominee for the Supreme Court on Jan. 31 2017 in the East Room of the White House. On Monday Trump will unveil his choice to fill the seat being vacated by Justi

"Bob Casey was for Judge Hardiman before he was against him, showing yet again that Casey will oppose anything President Trump does, even if it means contradicting himself", Barletta said in a statement.

President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, in a primetime televised event.

Trump had said he hoped to make his decision by the time he returned Sunday from a weekend in New Jersey, but he told reporters en route to the White House that he needed more time. The vacancy, left behind by Anthony Kennedy, is the second Trump has had to fill since taking office.

Trump Narrows Search for New Supreme Court Justice Donald Trump's search for a new Supreme Court justice is reportedly down to four candidates. McConnell said Kavanaugh believes judges should ignore their personal and political views and simply "interpret our laws as they are written". If approved by the Senate, he would become the fifth conservative justice on the nation's highest court.

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh has sat on the Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit since 2006.

The candidates on Trump's shortlist are Brett Kavanaugh, a former adviser to George W. Bush, Raymond Kethledge, a strict interpreter of the US Constitution, Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic and social conservative, and Thomas Hardiman, a staunch gun rights advocate.

Kavanaugh's experience includes assisting Bush in the historic 2000 Florida recount that saw the Texas governor confirmed President of the United States by the Supreme Court over Al Gore in the landmark Bush v. Gore decision. "I think these are judges who have been vetted, they've received votes, they've received, in many cases, bipartisan support".

"What the administration is seeking is to transform the face of the entire federal judiciary", said Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice, a liberal group that tracks court issues.

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The announcement will take place at 9pm on Monday, July 9.

Republicans outnumber Democrats, 51 to 49, in the Senate.

Conservatives will focus on moderate Democrats running for re-election in Trump country, such as Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin. John McCain. The defection of one Republican would kill the nomination unless at least one Democrat votes yes.

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. Trump had a strong favorable reaction to Kethledge, while Barrett was seen as a less likely choice.

MCCAMMON: At the same time, as I said, you know, Barrett's very popular with religious conservatives.

A handful of Senate Democrats running for re-election in states that Trump won handily in 2016 could face a hard vote on the court nominee, potentially providing Republicans with an additional buffer if they decide to support the president. Both support a woman's right to have an abortion and will be looking for assurances that the nominee would not overturn the Roe v Wade decision establishing abortion rights.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME has said she couldn't support a nominee that doesn't respect legal precedent and would overturn the "settled law" of Roe V. Wade.

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