Hardiman has a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump's sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. But they're determined to make it agonizing for a pair of pivotal GOP senators to back the nominee. Trump wants this process to move just as quickly. An Associated Press analysis found that roughly two-thirds of the judges who have been confirmed under Trump are white men. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is another Republican who has supported abortion.
In contrast, during President Barack Obama's two terms, only 37 percent of judges confirmed were white men.
The GOP's focus on the judiciary has been sharpened by their narrow 51-49 Senate majority, which has made passing legislation hard. "When the Republicans thought they had the votes to repeal healthcare, the American people spoke up - went to town hall meetings, marched - and the Senate heard them". Susan Collins of ME, two relative centrists who have expressed concern over the dismantling of abortion rights in the U.S. Demand Justice, a new group helping coordinate liberal opposition to the pick, has started airing ads in ME and Alaska, part of $5 million it plans to spend nationally during the campaign. Trump has asked about Kethledge, advisers said.
"There's a reason we still have the ACA, OK?" In an MSNBC clip noted by the Daily Caller, Roberts said "misogynistic laws" would be able to stand because of the anti-abortion rulings a conservative Court could potentially make. "And that's because we have these senators".
Of the three, Barrett might have the most controversial credentials. After all, who knows better that a judge's job is to apply the law as it is - and not to legislate from the bench - than someone who was previously a legislator himself?
"I'm anxious about the future of women" if an anti-abortion nominee is confirmed, says Christine Leeper, a content provider for bloggers and one of the younger people at the event.
Whatever happens, the fight offers both parties a chance to raise money and galvanize voters.
With McConnell leading the way in the Republican-controlled Senate, Trump is seeking to put his imprint on the federal judiciary for generations to come. Whether or not it will be that close will be up to the Republicans and Democrats previously mentioned.
"I had a very interesting morning", Trump told reporters at the White House.
Aware that judicial picks are key voting issues, Trump has stressed that he wants a justice who will be a strict constitutionalist.
The advocacy group plans to protest outside of senators' offices.
A week ago, says Ms. Lake, the No. 1 issue for Democrats was health care - the issue where they have the single biggest advantage.
Democrats, meanwhile, prepared for the political war over the high court that could dominate the summer, with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) making his own suggestion for Trump. The source said he would not be surprised if Trump firmed up his choice before leaving for a trip to Montana later on Thursday. The groups said her litmus test was insufficient because past nominees have said they'd honor precedents but ruled otherwise as justices.
"There have been a slew-hundreds-of bills, many of them passed that are already drastically restricting women's access to abortion", she said, singling out a Texas law as one of the worst. "That's what this was", Lee told the Deseret News at the time.
On abortion, Barrett has said that she believes life begins at conception, and has also criticized Roe v. Wade. In her 20s she co-authored a paper that said Catholic judges, if they are faithful to church teachings, are "morally precluded" from enforcing the death penalty.