His selection has the potential to cement the court's conservative majority for years and could lead to the reconsideration of significant precedents, including the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision. Because the Senate is split with 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats, and two independents who are members of the Democratic caucus, the stakes could not be higher for the lucky legal mind Trump nominates.
And finally, Manchin is a key vote on the Democratic side that Republicans will be eager to court for Trump's nominee. Even if all 49 Senate Democrats vote no - hardly a given with red-state Sens.
Three Democratic senators voted for Gorsuch previous year: Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Two Senators who could make or break any of these nominees' chances are Sen.
Trump, who conducted interviews with seven candidates earlier this week for the lifetime post on the top USA judicial body, is expected to announce his decision on Monday. We urge President Trump to choose a nominee who will be not just good, but great in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia, and the potential nominee who most fits that profile is Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Presidents weigh all sorts of considerations in deciding on a Supreme Court nominee, often beginning with the big question: Will the choice be confirmed by the Senate? While Abraham was a founder of the conservative Federalist Society, he was also pro-immigration and an Arab-American. "The whole list is extraordinary", he said.
Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee a year ago.
This is the point that Democrats are working diligently to broadcast.
Collins' vote could be crucial to the success of a nominee. But that "elevates the saliency of other issues" where the Supreme Court has ruled, including the Affordable Care Act and coverage for contraception. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., when the Senate Judiciary Committee considered her nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Trump's own litmus test has raised the bar for what a nominee must answer at a hearing".
Brian Fallon, Demand Justice's executive director, said the group plans spots next week in Manchin's, Donnelly's and Heitkamp's home states asking them to continue protecting patients with pre-existing conditions by opposing a nominee who'd threaten that.
"As you know there is now a vacancy on the Supreme Court". A handful of Senate Democrats running for re-election in states that Trump won handily in 2016 could face a hard vote on the court nominee.
But convincing Collins and Murkowski is hardly a given.
Garland serves on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, along with leading high court canidate Brett Kavanaugh. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Coney Barrett past year during her confirmation hearing in an exchange about the judge's Catholic faith - a comment that was roundly criticized by religious leaders.
Democrats say that a Barrett nomination would simplify the task of opposition research.
"Now look, these things are not something that I couldn't get over if I heard the right things out of him". "It's pretty easy - we just did all the work on these people".
While final nominees will be known only when Mr Trump makes the announcement, this would be for the second time that Mr Thapar might not be able to make it to the final cut after being interviewed by Trump. At other times, it means the Supreme Court should sit back and rubberstamp unconstitutional laws coming out of Congress.