Battle lines drawn over abortion ahead of Trump's supreme court pick



The New York Times on Sunday reported that the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, was strongly urging Trump to opt for either Hardiman or Kethledge on grounds that the other two might be impossible to get confirmed.

The President said last week that of the winnowed group of four potential nominees he is now considering, "I have it down to three or two", and he will announce his decision Monday evening.

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"The Republicans control the votes in the Senate, but we have the American people on our side", he said. It is similar to how Trump has approached most of his self-imposed deadlines for appointees, toggling between choices until almost the last moment.

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The president's only public statement about the choice confronting him came in a tweet from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he was spending the weekend. While Barrett is problematic on the abortion issue, Kavanaugh is unpopular among some Republican senators because of his track record as staff secretary under President George W Bush. McCaskill, a centrist Democrat who broke with her other red state colleagues by voting against Neil Gorsuch a year ago, insists that she has not already made up her mind to vote "no" against retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor.

Trump's hurdles with Kavanaugh have been less about his judicial rulings than his proximity to the Bush family, of whom the president remains deeply skeptical, according to two people who have spoken with him. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights. "I was a law clerk to [former Justice Harry Blackmun]". VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

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Mr Thapar, 49, a Cincinnati-based federal appeals court judge, was among the first four candidates interviewed by Mr Trump on July 2. A more conservative justice could move the court to the right, potentially for decades, and could potentially vote with the majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Graham said. "So red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision, and I hope every Republican will rally around these picks, because they're all outstanding". But his advisers say he is prepared to push through the nominee with only Republican votes - and that is why he is sounding notes of caution about Kavanaugh and Barrett.

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