Sen Claims Dems Would Block George Washington for Supreme Court

Lynette PayneJul 10, 2018

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.

"If you're a conservative Republican, the four named - particularly Thomas Hardiman".

The Times says Trump has recently been asking associates about Hardiman, and has also been talking about Barrett and Kavanaugh.

Casey said he opposes the process by which Trump is picking his judges, which he described as choosing from a list of 25 nominees prepared by conservative organizations such as the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states. Every one, you can't go wrong.

Kennedy said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on the nominee's views of the high court's Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.

"They're good judges", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press". But four Democrats from states Trump won in 2016 voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year, leaving the Republicans room for error. Barrett has already crossed swords with Democrats in her Senate confirmation hearing for her current job, when California Sen. "I'm very confident with this president's enthusiasm and with Leader McConnell's enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed".

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".

They are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to wait until after the November election to schedule a hearing and vote. "Donald Trump could nominate George Washington or John Marshall, and they couldn't get through".

"Bob Casey was for Judge Hardiman before he was against him, showing yet again that Casey will oppose anything President Trump does, even if it means contradicting himself", Barletta said in a statement. Susan Collins of ME, who has expressed disquiet about the nomination of a judge who might overturn Roe v. Wade. "And after that 36-year period, we only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe", said Leo. Hardiman, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, where he served at one time with Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry. Barrett, in her mid-40s, is a judge for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; she was nominated by Trump. Barry served alongside Hardiman as a federal appeals judge on the 3rd Circuit before stepping down previous year.

Hardiman is a "late addition" to Trump's final four, per the New York Times, but he was the runner-up to Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.

While Kethledge and Hardiman may be easier to confirm, Barrett and Kavanaugh have the biggest name recognition among conservatives. "And we have a great country, folks".

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