How will Florida women fare after President Trump picks a SCOTUS nominee?

Cheryl Sanders
July 11, 2018

"Not being a politician, I think people wanted to hear what some of my choices may be, and it was pretty effective", Trump said of the list, on the day Kennedy's retirement was announced. Hardiman was on the president's short list when he nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. The ad will be dispersed on national television and across a number of large digital platforms. Yet he is apparently still willing to steer Trump's hugely consequential Cabinet and Supreme Court picks through the Senate gauntlet.

For weeks, JCN has been running a different advertisement in an attempt to cut through Democrat fearmongering.

The nomination sets up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court further to the right.

"I am concerned that he's making it like a game show", Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy told NPR radio.

The White House reassigned key communications staff last week to focus exclusively on the looming Supreme Court fight. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised to push for confirmation with similar speed.


The 53-year-old Cavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and previously served under President George W. Bush's administration as staff secretary to the office of the president.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987, and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1990.

"Another conservative justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who honors the original intent of the Constitution will have a positive impact on our country for decades".

Hardiman, 53, a judge on the federal court in Philadelphia, is less known in terms of his legal philosophy, but has working-class roots that could make him attractive to the American public. "We've got the Russian Federation investigation, which is a significant one, and here we've got [a nominee] who said that the president should be above the law when they're president", Leahy said.

Primus said it's unlikely the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage would be overturned, but speculated that Roe v. Wade is "somewhere between in danger and definitely gone".


Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the Federalist Society and has been advising Trump over the court nomination, said he assumes Kavanaugh, Barrett, Hardiman and Kethledge "are the four" who are getting the most focus.

The vice president also briefly discussed foreign affairs ahead of this week's key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where President Trump is expected to demand US allies contribute more funding for their own national defense.

Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.

"I do, but I haven't been nominated to the Supreme Court", he told CNN, alarming pro-choice advocates who said Kavanaugh was picked to curtail abortion rights.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice. He left office as the number two in his party's Senate leadership, a position now held by Republican GOP Sen. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.


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