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Hume: GOP Sens. Collins, Murkowski Key to Success of Trump SCOTUS Pick

Hume: GOP Sens. Collins, Murkowski Key to Success of Trump SCOTUS Pick

In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Trump said his advisers have told him he should not ask anyone on his potential list of Supreme Court nominees whether they would overturn Roe v Wade, the 1973 decision that effectively legalized abortion in the United States.

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade, because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy does not include a respect for established decisions".

During the same interview, Collins said there are individuals on President Donald Trump's shortlist who she would not support, citing their alleged "disrespect" for stare decisis. "That would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent", Collins said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

Collins said Sunday that Trump made clear to her during their meeting last week that he wouldn't ask his list of potential replacements for Kennedy whether they would overturn Roe v. Wade.

With Kennedy gone, many people are predicting that Roe v. Wade could be overturned.

Republicans presently have a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, and despite the vocal protests by Democrats and others, a simple majority vote is likely for the next justice.

Casey told WKBN that he hopes Trump chooses a "mainstream nominee".

"I'm pro-life but I know how that divides our country immediately and divides everyone, they're split right down the middle on that", Manchin told a West Virginia radio station. Abortion rights are seen as a litmus test for the next nominee.

The White House is getting its team in place for the confirmation process for President Donald Trump's next Supreme Court pick.

Democrats have begun to mobilize their supporters around the abortion issue while Republicans have begun to to downplay the significance of replacing Kennedy. "You're voting on whether that nominee is going to change precedent", said Cantwell.

Trump has explicitly vowed in the past to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that affirmed abortion as a constitutional right, and his nominee following Kennedy's retirement will determine the majority of the high court for decades to come.

"To allow states to be able to go back to criminalizing women's freedom to make their own healthcare decisions, I think would be devastating", Kaine said.

Indeed, a new poll released Monday found such widespread support for Roe v. Wade. Collins responded that she actually doesn't think Gorsuch would vote to overturn Roe - a sentiment that prompted Mother Jones to wonder, "Is Susan Collins the most gullible person on the planet?" All three voted to confirm Gorsuch.