Sunday shows preview: Supreme Court fight in the spotlight

Katie Ramirez
July 3, 2018

CBS News has learned that the two leading contenders right now are D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

The comments by Susan Collins, a frequent Senate swing vote, narrowed the path to confirmation facing any nominee Republican President Donald Trump selects to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring from the high court.

At a rally in front of the court Thursday, speaker after speaker pointed to abortion as a way to rally opposition to the eventual nominee, who Trump has said will come from among 25 people he previously identified as candidates. "I'm convinced the people on this list are Gorsuch-like", said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life.

Speaking en route his golf property in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said he would not ask candidates their position on Roe v. Wade.

"Well I think as most folks know right now access to safe and legal abortion is on the line with the retirement of Justice Kennedy", said Jessica Cler, Alaska public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood Votes.

Democrats and liberal interest groups, gearing up for President Donald Trump's choice for the seat opened up by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, are treating the moment as one of utmost danger for abortion rights in the United States. The 63-year-old chief justice may be in no hurry to move quickly, as he could be on the bench another 15 to 20 years.

Ultimately, the most important consideration for the White House is that the nominee gets confirmed. The president said he didn't plan to probe any potential replacements about Roe v. Wade.

Trump was also asked about Sen.

Sen. Cory Booker pledged a long-term battle to prevent Trump from rushing a conservative judge onto the court, even as he acknowledged it will be hard for Democrats to block any nominee since Republicans control the Senate.

If Republicans unite behind Trump's selection, there's little Democrats can do to stop it. Republicans changed the Senate rules past year so Supreme Court nominees cannot be filibustered, meaning only 51 votes will be required to confirm.

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"I hope that my Republican colleagues who believe that women, not the government, have the right to control their bodies will stand with those of us who oppose any nominee who would deny women the right to choose", said independent Sen.

"I always look for judges who respect precedent", she said Wednesday to reporters.

A key part of the vetting process will likely be reviewing the judge's history of written opinions, said a person with knowledge of Trump's thinking, who noted that the range of Gorsuch's past opinions impressed Trump.

Heitkamp said she stressed the importance of a nominee "who is pragmatic, fair, compassionate, committed to justice, and above politics".

In February 2016, the sudden death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia created a vacancy on the nation's highest court.

Steven Law, president of the Senate Leadership Fund, a campaign group aligned with McConnell, said the group is running digital ads in 10 states that Trump won in 2016 where Democratic senators are now up for re-election.

"If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that's really what's going to be, that's what will happen", Trump said at the final presidential debate in October 2016.

"He has been a crucial vote in landmark reproductive rights cases", Northup said.

If an originalist majority settles in for a long run on the Supreme Court, everyone can send thank-you notes to Harry Reid.

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