President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., want to move swiftly to confirm the justice to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy before the court reconvenes on October 1.
Before saying I am too idealistic, remember there was a time not too long ago when Supreme Court nomineeswere largely confirmed eitherin an nearly unanimous roll call or even by voice vote.
The nine-point difference could suggest an enthusiasm gap between the parties, as liberal groups sound the alarm that a newly configured court could outlaw abortion rights if a conservative nominee replaces Kennedy's swing vote.
On whether the time was right for a conservative woman to join the court, Trump said: "Could be".
Ninety percent of Democrats said the vacancy would make them more likely to vote for a Democratic Senate candidate in the November 6 election, compared with 81 percent of Republicans who said the issue would make them more likely to vote for a Senate candidate from their party.
Trump told reporters he planned to begin interviewing possible candidates Monday but he may meet with some over the weekend in New Jersey. He voted on the winning side of close decisions 76 percent of the time over his career, far more often than any other justice he served with except for Justice Neil Gorsuch, who joined the court a year ago. The question brought harsh criticism from leading Catholics and a sharp rejoinder from Barrett: "It's never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge's personal convictions, whether they arise from faith or anywhere else, on the law".
When asked about several specific potential nominees mentioned in recent days, including federal jurists Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, and U.S. Senator Mike Lee from Utah, Trump said each was "outstanding". The strength of her victory was fueled by support among Alaska women, which has become part of Murkowski's brand.
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"Kennedy is at or near the top on nearly all measures of power or influence", said Lee Epstein, a political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis.
During the candidate vetting the last time, the White House asked all the contenders whom they would pick instead of themselves - and they all said Gorsuch, said the person, who was not authorized to disclose private conversations. "You know, usually they don't say that".
The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political campaign organization, has launched a seven-figure ad buy aimed at vulnerable Democrats, said chief counsel and policy director Carrie Severino. Those laws are facing legal challenges, some of which seem likely to end up before the Supreme Court.
With a little over a week before his big announcement, Trump is relishing the moment.
"From day one, I've heard, outside of war and peace of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge - if you get it".
"Because Kennedy drifted right this term, he and Roberts shared the median spot", Epstein said.