Indiana Sen. Donnelly Could Be Swing Vote On Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

Local expert speaks about Trump's Supreme Court pick

The decision - awaited eagerly by his conservative supporters, and with trepidation by his liberal opponents - was to be announced at 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Tuesday) in a prime time address from the White House.

US appeals court judges Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett were also in contention but CNN reported that Kethledge remains at home in MI and NBC News said Barrett was at her home in IN ahead of Trump's announcement.

"His credentials are impeccable - he has already served with distinction as an Appellate Judge on the prestigious Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia - and he will interpret the Constitution as written rather than legislate from the bench", Braun said. He also worked for independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton.

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Senate rules still leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation by themselves, though Trump must prevent Republican defections.

Earlier Monday, the White House announced that former Arizona Sen.

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The senators have stayed mum on whether they're planning to support Trump's nominee, saying they'll wait until after he announces to weigh in.

His pick will have a tough nomination battle ahead of them, with Republicans holding onto a single seat majority in the Senate, with John McCain ill and possibly unable to participate in the confirmation process.

People close to the decision process said they did not know who Trump would nominate - the president has told few people - but they have heard more talk about Kavanaugh and Hardiman, as opposed to a fourth finalist, Raymond Kethledge.

"I saw the new nominee is, like, racist, and he's starting a new wave of something very negative, and I'm really scared about the future and what choices he will make", said yet another student. "I am thinking about this person".

Trump chose Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. After a career in private practice, Kethledge was nominated by President George W. Bush to the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court in 2006, and after a two-year delay, he was confirmed by the Senate in 2008. His mother, Martha, became a Maryland state judge a quarter-century ago. "There is no question in my mind regarding Brett for the Supreme Court. No president has ever consulted more or widely or talked to more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination".

The US Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter on contentious laws and disputes between states and the federal government. Judge Kavanaugh is relatively young, meaning he could serve for decades to come.

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Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style.

Joe Donnelly - whose confirmation vote might help sway both his and Kavanaugh's futures - was not tipping his hand after Trump's nomination announcement Monday night. "What matters is not a judge's political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and Constitution require", Trump said. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge.

Given GOP control of the Senate and the chamber's Republican leader Mitch McConnell's abolition of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations during the Gorsuch confirmation saga, any of the four is expected to have a strong chance of confirmation.

This is Mr Trump's second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the United States for a generation after he leaves office.

Meanwhile, liberal groups like NARAL Pro-Choice, Protect our Care and Demand Justice are pouring millions into ad campaigns of their own, drawing attention to what a conservative-leaning justice might mean for abortion rights, in particular.

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