Claire McCaskill (D) is already one of the most vulnerable lawmakers up for re-election in November - President Trump won her state by 19 points in 2016 - and the looming Supreme Court vote is playing right into her Republican opponent's hand, Politico reports.
"This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee, and all four of these people are highly qualified-been on the court, know what they're doing, mainstream judges", Mr.
While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules past year during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The president has also said previously to reporters that he has narrowed the pool, saying on Thursday "of the four people, I have it down to three or two".
While it is still very early, McCaskill has the slightest edge over Hawley in RealClearPolitics' average, 45 percent to 43.3 percent. "But I'm getting very close to making a final decision".
The source told Reuters that Amy Coney Barrett of IN, a Trump-appointed judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still IN contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records. The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups.
Leo said that it was impossible to predict the positions of any of the leading candidates for the seat on abortion.
He added: "Let's say it's the four people ... they're excellent, every one". "We've been talking about this for 36 years going all the way back to the nomination of Sandra O'Connor, and after that you only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe". I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here.
He said he believes that any of the four candidates on the short list will dismantle Roe v. Wade and other hard-fought rights.
"I'll have a decision made in my mind by Sunday".
"If all the Republicans stick together", Chris Coons, a Democratic senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, "they will be able to confirm whomever President Trump nominates".