Who will he name to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's spot on the U.S. Supreme Court? A conservative will tip the balance of the court for the first time in decades, and that puts Democrats in a bind. "This is a huge win for President Trump", Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, said in a statement.
Such comments are likely to raise a red flag to moderate Republican senators like Susan Collins, R-Maine, who have said they would not vote for a nominee who has expressed doubts about overturning precedents when it comes to abortion and other long-standing Supreme Court decisions. A negative recommendation or no recommendation merely alerts the Senate that a substantial number of committee members have reservations. He is a Democrat from Vermont.
MARTIN: NPR's Sarah McCammon joins us now in studio to talk about the president's choice. "Where we have leverage is with senators who call themselves pro-life".
PATRICK LEAHY: Happy to be with you. "In the coming weeks, I will review Judge Kavanaugh's body of legal writing and meet with him to discuss his interpretation of the law and make certain he will be a steadfast defender of our constitution". He's speaking Sunday on Fox.
"When there's so little actual daylight between the four front-runners, it's not surprising that the partisans are going to try to grasp onto whatever micro distinction they can find", said Stephen Vladeck, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Texas Law School. I am concerned that he's making it like a game show.
John Roberts now serves as the chief White House correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). His working-class roots - he drove a taxi during his days as a law student at Georgetown University - have been cited as a plus inside the White House, along with his conservative rulings.
President Trump announced the list of people he would pick from would be off the same list he had while on the campaign when Justice Antonine Scalia died suddenly months before the 2016 election. There is political pressure on the president to pick someone who can get through the confirmation process.
He says he will fight the nomination "with everything I have". He has a solidly conservative record as a judge in cases involving government regulation and the separation of powers, issues that are important to the groups supporting his candidacy. It's about what country - the United States of America - is going to chart as its course in the future on this Supreme Court.
MARTIN: So the announcement is expected tonight, if it's not leaked beforehand, which has been known to happen. What's the litmus test? The New York Times reports she says she would like to see the scope of abortion rights changed.
Though unconfirmed, the four judges up for consideration are believed to be Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. I think each and every one of them take [s] that seriously, that personally. The new requirement of a simple majority-51 votes, instead of 60-eliminates the need for nominees to appeal even superficially to the other party. Remember; we don't want to do what the Republicans did.
Forget for the moment how a Democratically controlled Senate confirmed Reagan-nominee Kennedy himself to the court in 1988, also an election year. The ads will simply tell viewers who the nominee is and explain why they are qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. Jon Tester of Montana face the hard decision of whether to back Mr. Trump's nominee - which could help them win re-election, but at the cost of aggravating the Democratic Party's aggressive left wing. Is there a chance they might break ranks and vote for the nominee?
Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, voiced her opposition on Twitter. This kind of fear mongering they've tried over and over again for 40 years.