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Contentious confirmation hearings in the Senate delayed his confirmation until 2006.

Before that, Kennedy wrote the controlling opinion in 1992 in Planned Parenthood v. Casey to reaffirm the right to have an abortion and that laws prohibiting abortions are unconstitutional.

Collins was quick to point out that Trump hasn't even announced a nominee yet. "That's not who we are".

"The president has been very clear over and over what his standards are, " Leo said.

"But when it comes to abortion, when it comes to the very heart of that battle over human life, he has not been reliable and, in fact, has voted to uphold the deeply flawed reasoning of Roe v. Wade", she charged. Collins said of judicial nominees. "I'm optimistic we'll be able to get this done".

"Well, if we put another two or perhaps three justices on, [overturning Roe v. Wade] is really what's going to be - that will happen", Trump said, during a debate in October 2016.

Now Democratic voters are wondering if their elected officials have the spine to do the same. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota- are facing hard re-election races and could find it hard to oppose the president's second pick.

"The country is moving in the direction of supporting it - that's where history is taking us", she said. I look forward to President Trump's nomination of a well-qualified individual who will respect the Constitution and the rule of law and exercise judicial restraint.

It's his second opportunity to make a Supreme Court pick, having already successfully nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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Levin: Well it is and I wrote a whole book on this called "Men in Black" and I think that was my first book.

Heitkamp, who the president tore into Wednesday night at a rally in Fargo, agreed with Manchin's thinking. In a sharply worded dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the ruling "does great damage to" the principle of "equal participation in our political processes".

"It would mean we have a new legal order", said Josh Blackman, a professor at the South Texas College of Law in Houston who closely follows the court.

"It is imperative that the President's nominee be considered fairly and not subjected to personal attacks", Mr. McConnell said. Joe Donnelly of IN and Sen.

But in a statement his office issued the night before, Donnelly vowed to "thoroughly review the record and qualifications of any nominee presented to the Senate".

The LGBTQ activist, whose eponymous court case famously legalized marriage equality across the nation, spoke to CNN Politics about his fears after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement on June 27, effective July 31. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice William Rehnquist voted against Lawrence, and to the extent that Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch and Roberts seem to be more in the mold of these justices than of Kennedy and O'Connor, it is not hard to imagine a substantial revision in the court's gay-rights jurisprudence. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said it would be the "height of hypocrisy" to vote sooner.

"It shouldn't be happening strategically".

The president also referred to his list of potential nominees which was updated in November of 2017.

"I just think it's unconscionable for Congress not to speak on this, so a couple of weeks ago I let the chairman on the Judiciary Committee know that I would vote "No" on circuit court nominees until I was assured of some kind of vote coming up".

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