Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged issues such as abortion rights and gay rights.
Trump planned to announce his pick Monday night.
That's not much, but with only 51 votes needed to confirm a judicial nominee, even a Supreme Court nominee, President Trump will be able to continue to nominate constitutionalists to the courts and see them confirmed.
The White House wants Kavanaugh to be in place by October 1, when the court's next term formally opens, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote to confirm Kennedy's successor in the fall.
With Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona, Republicans can now only muster 50 votes. "He's also been a wonderful mentor and teacher to our students-not just to those who clerk for him, but those who meet with him during one of his many visits to Yale Law School". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Although Trump has said he would appoint judges to overturn the court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, Collins said on CNN Sunday she would not support a candidate who "demonstrated hostility" toward the landmark ruling. In her statement, she said President Trump's nomination was a "destructive tool on a generation of progress for workers, women, LGBTQ people, communities of color and families" and that it was to "radically reverse the course of American justice and democracy".
All three states lean heavily Republican. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY. Whatever they decide will upset a large group of voters in their home states.
Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition.
Before the meeting, McConnell accused Democrats of following a "partisan playbook" to oppose an "impressive nomination".
Jones was among the Democratic lawmakers invited to the announcement at the White House but did not attend. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice.
McConnell said Kavanaugh was an "outstanding nomination". The nominee faces a fight from Democrats and maybe a contentious hearing.
Alabamians will be hearing a lot about Kavanaugh in the coming days. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. "Whoever President Trump put up they were opposed to".
"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.
Trump unveiled his pick showbiz style, in a suspense-filled prime-time televised announcement Monday evening. From the formation of the first permanent Pennsylvanian local labor union in Philadelphia in 1792, through the Lattimer massacre in Northeastern Pennsylvania, to the Homestead Strike in Western Pennsylvania to today's struggle to protect the right to organize, Pennsylvania workers have led the way to ensure that working people have basic rights, good wages, and benefits, like health care. The Judicial Crisis Network, which describes itself as "dedicated to strengthening liberty and justice" and is committed to "limited government", has already purchased a $1.4 million ad campaign on national cable and digital TV, and on stations in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia, featuring an introductory bio spot about the nominee. The spot will launch as soon as the nominee is announced and will run for one week. But he says with his final four options "you can't go wrong".