With only 99 senators now voting, the nominee can be approved by a 50-49 margin. The Reagan nominee could have just as easily called it quits when Obama was president.
"I've got it narrowed to about five", the president said of his list of candidates, adding that two of the possibilities were women.
"That was a presidential election year, so it was very, very different", said Sen.
"The Supreme Court could do quite a lot of damage to the right recognized in Roe without ever formally overruling it, simply by upholding state laws that make it harder and harder for women to obtain abortions without banning them", Vladeck said. The future of Kennedy's seat has been a moment abortion rights opponents and supporters alike have been anticipating for years because Kennedy historically sided with the liberals on the court in favor of protecting abortion rights.
A final decision, he said, will be announced July 9.
And then there was the Alabama special election of 2017, which in light of this recent Senate history, was even more remarkable than it seemed initially.
"The president has never asked a prospective nominee about Roe v. Wade or abortion in any way shape or form".
Kennedy's announcement came after the close of the Supreme Court's latest term and was no surprise to court watchers. "That's not a question I'll be asking", he replied, reports the AP.
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For example, 21 states limit when a pregnant woman can get an abortion based on the age of the fetus. Neither senator is known for telegraphing how they will cast their votes until right before the vote is called, so the spotlight will likely be on them in the months ahead.
There are ten Democratic senators up for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won in 2016.
Trump's first pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, is the youngest of the justices at age 50.
The two senators are trying to play down their influence as the frenzy over Supreme Court opening grows and the pressure on them builds. If either or both Collins and Murkowski end up opposing the nominee, support from some combination of this Democratic trio will be necessary to achieve a simple majority in the Senate. Trump's wish list, she said, includes "tremendous intellect, judicial temperament and impeccable qualifications". Even though Republican leader McConnell changed Senate rules a year ago to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together he can not afford defections.
"This president may not win many friends, but he put on a master class in how to influence Supreme Court justices", Wegmann said.
Justice Kennedy has always been seen as a "moderate" voice on the Court, despite being appointed by President Ronald Reagan.
Unlike Heitkamp, Donnelly and Manchin are Democrats who generally oppose abortion rights and are endorsed by Democrats for Life, the "pro-life voice of the Democratic Party".
But they had a connection, one Mr. Trump was quick to note in the moments after his first address to Congress in February 2017.
Republicans, well aware that Democrats will try to pin down Trump's pick on contentious issues, are already making the case that any nominee should abide by the standard Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg used during her 1993 hearings: To give "no hints, no forecasts, no previews" on how they might rule.