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Trump's SCOTUS nominee could make or break the Missouri Senate race

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Trump's SCOTUS nominee could make or break the Missouri Senate race

Mr. Pence hasn't met with any of the other candidates, according to a White House official.

Trump's nominee would replace Justice Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June.

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.

Various news outlets have reported that Trump has interviewed seven potential nominees - Lee and federal appellate judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge, Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen and Thomas Hardiman.

Mr Trump is likely to announce his nominees to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday.

"I think I have it down to four people", the president said aboard Air Force One. "As you know, there are many presidents who never get a choice".

"I think I have it down to four people, and I think of the four people, I have it down to three or two". We are calling for a "personal liberty standard", that the Senate must only confirm a justice who affirmatively declares that they believe the Constitution protects individual liberty and the right of all people to make personal decisions about their bodies and their personal relationships, including the right to use contraception, the right to have an abortion, and the freedom to marry who you choose.

Take it from Justice Neil Gorsuch, an alumnus of Trump's list confirmed to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

The US President has chosen prime time to make the announcement.

"That is, the kind of background of somebody who wasn't part of the Washington world or the Ivy League world, who went to state schools, who had more of a regular-guy-type background", Abraham said.

Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on a Chicago appeals court, could be on President Trump's list of Supreme Court picks.

After that, 24 of them will remain on what will be the not-quite-it list - a collection of administration-approved conservatives designed by the Federalist Society to appeal to Trump's all-important base of supporters. "Go about my business", as he told the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing previous year.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, a longtime Washington insider, worked for Ken Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton.

Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Gorsuch. And Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have set themselves up as key swing votes.

Many of these questions surrounded Barrett's Catholic faith-she is a member of a Catholic revivalist group called "People of Praise," in which members swear an oath of loyalty and give each other input on personal life decisions-and some anxious this would influence her political opinions.

Democrats and liberal groups are preparing an extensive campaign aimed at convincing moderate Republican senators that the vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee will determine the future abortion rights in America.

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