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Sen. Susan Collins Won't Support A Supreme Court Nominee Who Opposes Roe

03 July 2018, 02:56 | Devin Moran

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"I would not support a nominee who would demonstrate hostility to Roe v. Wade", she said.

"For anybody who believes that the Constitution protects things like reproduction and LGBT rights this is bad - and we know it's bad because Donald Trump Jr.is happy", Oliver said, referencing Trump Jr.'s celebratory tweet on Kennedy's retirement.

Collins said that Democrats' desire to delay the vote for Justice Kennedy's replacement "goes back to the hypocrisies" of the Democrats, pointing out that Justice Elena Kagan was confirmed to the high court in 2010, a midterm election year.

"I interviewed and met with four potential justices of our great Supreme Court".

"Obviously I have to wait and see who the nominee is, but if, as President Trump has suggested, he's going to have a litmus test - and he said said this over and over - on Roe V. Wade, then I'm not going to be voting for some justice who's going to overturn Roe v. Wade", Nelson said following a Tampa news conference with local environmental advocates touting his record and criticizing Gov. Rick Scott's.

The Republicans have slender two-vote lead in the 100-member Senate and at least one Senator from the party, Susan Collins has said that keeping abortions legal would be a requirement for her to support the Trump nominee and another, Lisa Murkowski, has previously opposed efforts to overturn the 1973 ruling.

Sanders also announced that her deputy Raj Shah will take leave from his role to "oversee communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies" surrounding the Supreme Court nomination. "Everything is bad now", he said, noting that barring a major screw up from Trump, "the only thing everyone can do now is vote".




"But Democrats, and critics, and others are saying [Roe v. Wade is] the No. 1 major issue in terms of the Supreme Court", Shawn said.

Trump's comments come days after multiple liberal legislators pledged to fight the president's pick, with Sen.

The president told reporters Friday that his choice will likely be made from a previously released list of 25 potential nominees.

Possible nominees being eyed include Thomas Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it's even closer because of the absence of ailing Sen.

"The Republican majority in the Senate is razor-thin".

Collins appeared on ABC's "This Week" and CNN's "State of the Union", and Leo spoke on "Fox News Sunday".



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