Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick July 9

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He is set to meet with candidates over the weekend in New Jersey.

"I think sometimes we talk about Supreme Court too much in abstractions, about dignity and who is qualified and who is not".

Henne, however, said Democratic anger would only intensify during and after the nomination battle, which is likely to consume Washington for months and thrust the court's ideological makeup into the forefront of voters' minds.

On the day she endorsed candidate Trump in March 2016, the late iconic anti-abortion activist Phyllis Schlafly first asked him privately whether he would appoint more judges like the conservative Antonin Scalia, recalled Schlafly's successor Ed Martin, who was in the room at the time.

They include judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the most talked-about woman on the list; Thomas Hardiman, 52, the runner-up to Gorsuch past year; Raymond Kethledge, 51, another former Kennedy clerk; and Amul Thapar, 49, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

"Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it", Trump said.

Trump on Friday told reporters he'd narrowed his list down to five.

Other women on the list include Joan Larsen, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and previously served as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, and Allison Eid, who serves on the federal appeals court based in Denver and previously served as a Colorado Supreme Court justice.

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When asked whether he would be asking candidates about their opinions on abortion rights, Trump stated, "That's not a question I'll be asking". "When people start taking notice that a woman's right to choose could be in peril, these numbers will look a bit different".

The president's standing with white evangelical Christians hit an all-time high in April when 75 percent of evangelicals held a favorable view of Trump, according to a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

That infuriated Democrats, who say that McConnell's push to confirm Trump's nominee now before the November midterms reeks of hypocrisy.

In the wise words of Maya Angelou, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time".

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Trump had already begun the selection process, adding that it is "something that the president takes very seriously". Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota also talked to Trump.

Trump's allies have made clear he wants another justice in the Gorsuch mold.

The Federalist Society is a nationwide organization of conservative lawyers who espouse conservative judicial philosophies.

"We'd be very happy if he'd pick any name on that list", said Severino. "What we're seeing here is Gorsuch 2.0". The Democrats have to win all those seats and turn others to achieve 51 votes that would allow them to bypass Pence's tie-breaker.

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