SUPREME SHOWDOWN: Trump Creates CONFIRMATION Team as the Left Vows to Fight

Collins speaks at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce's Quarterly Business Breakfast in Rockport Maine U.S

Meanwhile, pro-choice Americans have begun sending coat hangers in bulk to Collins's offices-a grim reminder of one method women used to perform risky, illegal abortions before the Supreme Court passed Roe vs. Wade in 1973.

Judges on the list were selected by Trump and White House counsel Don McGahn on the strength of their conservative credentials, which appear in all cases to include an opposition to abortion rights and skepticism over same-sex marriage and other gay rights.

One of the candidates in a short list of 25 potential nominees announced by Trump during his campaign included Judge Amul Thapar, who is now a federal judge in Kentucky. The 1973 ruling legalized abortion across America.

Eager to build suspense, Trump wouldn't divulge whom he's talking to in advance of his big announcement, set for July 9. He did not identify any of them.

"They are outstanding people, they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and every other way and I had a very, very interesting morning", he said, according to White House pool reports.

"What I want to see is a nominee who, regardless of his or her personal views on the very hard and contentious life issue, is going to respect precedent regardless", added Collins.

Republicans control the Senate, which must confirm any nominee, by a 51-49 majority, making the views of moderates such as Collins, and some Democrats, crucial to assembling the 51 votes needed for confirmation. The senator's office confirmed that he spoke with President Trump on Monday - and while the White House made reference to the call, further details weren't disclosed by the administration. "Too much is on the line to not believe Donald Trump will do exactly what he said he'd do", Hogue said.

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In January, Collins was one of two Republicans who voted against banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy along with Sen. "If chosen as the nominee, she will be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and to strike down preexisting conditions protections in the ACA".

Manchin, Donnelly and Heitkamp are Democrats from states Trump won in 2016. They would also be "very likely" to back weakening President Barack Obama's 2010 law that expanded health care coverage to millions of Americans, he said.

She stressed the importance of the nomination - The centrist Kennedy's retirement will give Trump the opportunity to move the court solidly to the right, and a vacancy on the court could become a key issue in the midterm elections. They were the only Democrats to do so.

"So I'm actually quite happy about it", he said. "I am not going to vote for anyone who tells me they are going to decide a case before the facts are presented".

Kennedy has been a swing vote on the bench for more than three decades.

"But", he told Maria Bartiromo, "I'm putting conservative people on". "Well, maybe someday it will be to the states".

"I have deep concerns about this nominee", the Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, now minority leader, said at the time.

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