Maine's congressional delegation weighs in on Supreme Court pick

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Several of his opinions were dissents that eventually were vindicated when Supreme Court majorities saw the issue the same way he did. "He swung to the other side on the question of gay rights and abortion, and those are the particular issues that concern those on the left".

Trump had narrowed down his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to federal appeals judges Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been absent since December and is battling brain cancer. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Both support a woman's right to have an abortion and will be looking for assurances that the nominee would not overturn the Roe v Wade decision establishing abortion rights.

"I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the President's nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court Justices whom I have considered". Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California.

With Trump no favorite among liberals, Maddow's audience is likely to be smaller: Fox drew almost five times as many viewers as MSNBC for Gorsuch's nomination, the Nielsen company said.

The Senate will now vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

"Trump will not be president", former President Obama said.

What is nearly certain - and those across the political spectrum agree - is that Kavanaugh's selection will spark a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority and opposition Democrats say they will fight to prevent the high court from swinging further to the right.

McConnell and Trump were rewarded this year with a string of 5-4 decisions in which Gorsuch cast votes favorable to the president and the GOP.

The White House reportedly sent an email to industry stakeholders Monday night, highlighting Kavanaugh's pro-business and anti-regulation record in an attempt to get their help to push through his nomination. While that argument won't sway Republicans, their strategy could stiffen Democratic resolve to oppose the nominee.

A coalition of liberal groups has organized at least 39 events on Tuesday around the country under the #SaveSCOTUS banner, a reference to liberal fears that the next justice will shift the court to the right.

Much of the groundwork for a successful confirmation comes in private meetings that the nominee will have with individual senators in the coming weeks. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. Gorsuch met with almost three-quarters of the Senate in advance of his hearings. "While the House of Representatives is not involved in the nomination process, I'm hopeful the White House will work with the Senate, including Senators Collins and King, on approving a Justice for the Supreme Court who will serve Mainers and the Nation dutifully and honorably". The president has said he wants a nominee who could serve on the high court for decades.

He spoke movingly of his family, joked how his daughters' basketball teams knew him as "Coach K" and recalled that the day after his first date with his wife, on September 10, 2001, they fled the White House after being told a hijacked plane was incoming.

The liberal coalition started holding events on Monday, before the announcement was made, with a focus on the twin issues of keeping abortion legal and maintaining insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions, which are the subject of a federal court case that could eventually reach the Supreme Court.

The liberal advocacy group Demand Justice will spend $5 million on ads through September and began airing spots Thursday in ME and Alaska aimed at pressuring Collins and Murkowski.

But there may be more to Trump's choice than just support for Kavanaugh's alleged judicial independence.

Whether qualified transgender people can be excluded from serving in the military, simply because of who they are. Before Trump announced his choice, NBC ran a chyron that said Kavanaugh would be it.

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