Sen. Casey Comes Out Against Trump Nominee Before Pick is Announced

The White House said Monday that former Sen.

"Democratic senators running for re-election in Trump Country face an agonizing choice over President Trump's coming Supreme Court nominee: Vote to confirm the pick and risk demoralizing Democratic voters ahead of the midterm elections, or stick with the party and possibly sacrifice their own seats - and any chance at a Democratic majority in 2019", the Times reported.

Trump had been going back and forth between Kavanaugh, the favorite of White House counsel Don McGahn, and Hardiman, whom the president's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, a former colleague of Hardiman's, has pressed him to choose.

A conservative group plans to launch an ad campaign in four states with Democratic senators Monday night immediately after President Trump announces his new Supreme Court nominee in a prime-time address.

That means that, if Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is able to hold the Democrats together for a unified opposition vote, Republicans will need every member of their caucus to vote for the nominee - which isn't necessarily a guarantee.

The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Mr. Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Trump previous year appointed Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Relishing the guessing game beyond the White House gates, Trump had little to say about his choice before the announcement. He expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly.

In selecting Brett Kavanaugh for the supreme court, Donald Trump has picked a jurist who has always been touted as a conservative rising star. The president spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of various contenders with aides and allies. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a legal clerk for Justice Kennedy", Trump added, saying his nominee "deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support".

Kavanaugh, 53, has served since 2006 on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

"We have four great candidates". He is an evangelical Christian whose book Lead Yourself First uses President Dwight Eisenhower, primatologist Jane Goodall, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and others as examples of "leaders who have used solitude to function more effectively".

Kavanaugh has never directly ruled on abortion as a judge, so it's unclear how he would decide the subject.

"Certainly, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett have a lot of name recognition among supporters of the president, and I think that ultimately, when people like them are nominated, you'll see a lot of folks line up", he said. "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months".

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them".

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