Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence predicted on the campaign trail that their then-potential presidency would result in Roe v. Wade being overturned, and New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman noted on Twitter that all of the 25 potential Supreme Court picks Trump assembled are opposed to abortion.
In the same interview, which was taped Friday at the White House, the president said that he has been advised not to ask potential nominees about where they stand on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling on abortion. Here's the rub. She said she needed to hear that the nominee would respect judicial precedent.
Four women have served on the Supreme Court, and all four have consistently ruled in favor of the abortion industry. A lot of them similarly have a record of speaking of the importance of precedent. Susan Collins of ME said she was not comfortable with everyone he has considered.
But Collins has in the past bucked her party and the president, notably with her opposition in 2017 to Trump's education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, and to attempts to repeal Barack Obama's healthcare law.
The GOP holds a 51-49 majority in the Senate, and lack of support from two Republicans would require President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to find a Democrat to confirm a replacement for Kennedy. ― to the White House to discuss the vacancy. Sen.
The Maine Republican added that "it would be inappropriate" to ask a judicial nominee how they are going to vote on a future case, including one challenging Roe. She emphasized that there were certain people on Trump's candidate list that she wouldn't vote for, though she didn't specify who those people were.
After the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed Senate rules previous year, eliminating the filibuster of Supreme Court nominees and clearing the way for easy confirmation of Trump's first pick Justice Neil Gorsuch, Republicans feel emboldened.
Sunday morning on Meet the Press, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said this will be a key vote for everyone in the Senate.
"I am happy to say here that there is at least some good news, because it turns out that there is a constitutional loophole that allows Democrats to - I'm obviously lying here, there is no good news". Even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed Senate rules previous year to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together, he can not afford defections. But during his Senate confirmation hearing, he said he accepts Roe v. Wade as "the law of the land".