Donald Trump is searching for an "all-American" with a "central casting image" to be his Supreme Court nominee as he adopts an Apprentice-style approach to the task. Mr. Pence hasn't met with any of the other candidates, according to a White House official. Or it could be a clue that he's already made the decision and Hatch as one of the highest-ranking senators could already know his choice. A common thread with all three is that their states are very much aligned with the Trump administration on policy.
Her supporters say she is just like millions of other American Christians, and she's an outstanding jurist who once clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and a mother of seven - including a special needs child and two children born in Haiti.
Asked about the details of the selection process, Trump said he has it down to four people.
Pence met with Kethledge and Coney Barrett while in IN earlier this week, then sat down with Kavanaugh in Washington on Wednesday.
Trump told reporters he did not expect to bring candidates in for interviews again when he headed to his New Jersey golf club this weekend.
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The source told Reuters that Amy Coney Barrett of IN, a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still IN contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records. Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sided with the court's liberals on divisive social issues such as gay rights and abortion, was a key figure on the nine-justice court. The list was by and large the intellectual brainchild of the Federalist Society, the association of conservative lawyers.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump pledged to nominate judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade.
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But as early as now, analysts are viewing its second quarter performance as the first decrease in seven quarters. Revenue likely came in at 58 trillion won ($51 billion), a decrease of almost 5 percent from a year earlier.
Conservatives and some libertarian-leaning Republicans, including Paul, have raised concerns about Kavanaugh, warning he could disappoint Republicans if his past decisions are a guide. Then again, considering that Cruz is widely disliked by his fellow Republicans in the Senate, it may have been enough for him to simply be supported by Lee.
At a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska, Murkowski said she hopes that Trump would nominate a justice who is philosophically similar to Kennedy, signaling a tough road ahead for the White House team.
With the Senate narrowly divided, 51-49, in favor of Republicans, Trump's announcement will set off a contentious confirmation process as Republicans seek to shift the court to the right and Democrats strive to block that effort. John McCain away from Washington, any GOP defections could begin to imperil a nominee.
Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Gorsuch. Both Kethledge and Gorsuch once served Kennedy as law clerks, as did Kavanaugh.
Barrett is 46-years-old, married, a mother of 7 and is devoted to her faith.
Kethledge serves on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It is better to have a vacancy until next year than to fill the seat with a weak nominee who will betray your legacy and the constitution for the next forty years.
Hardiman is now a judge for the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.