Trump's Top 5 for Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2015

Asked by Fox's Maria Bartiromo whether he would ask potential nominees how they might come down on Roe v. Wade, Trump said: "Well, that's a big one".

It's been less than a week since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, but already anti-women activists are plotting how best to take advantage of a weakened judicial branch in order to undermine access to safe abortions.

"Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it", Trump said.

Kennedy announced Wednesday he would retire, effective July 31, giving President Donald Trump the opportunity to make two appointments in two years to the nation's highest court. At the invitation of Trump, their executive vice president of the organization, Leonard Leo, helped handpick the 25 Supreme Court candidates that Trump will be choosing from. In doing so, he will fulfill the dreams of white evangelical voters who embraced Trump, of all people, in order to protect the court's conservative majority. For example, he sided with the court's liberals by voting in favor of abortion rights and gay rights in key cases. Collins wasted no time following Kennedy's announcement to reiterate that she believes Roe v. Wade is "settled law", but a spokeswoman told the Portland Press Herald that Collins "does not apply ideological litmus tests to nominees".

A new poll Friday found 67 percent of Americans are opposed to rolling back the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that guarantees a woman's right to an abortion.

"That's not a question I'll be asking", he said. "Judges, and particularly the Supreme Court, have been a resounding success of this administration".

Steven Law, president of the Senate Leadership Fund, a campaign group aligned with McConnell, said the group is running digital ads in 10 states that Trump won in 2016 where Democratic senators are now up for re-election.

And now, as the focus shifts toward the president's next Supreme Court nomination, evangelical leaders who once held their noses and voted for Trump have little doubt he will pick someone who shares their conservative views on abortion, same-sex marriage and other social issues.

With Kennedy's departure, Republicans have a chance to tip the balance of the court.

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". He said we are not final because we are infallible, we are infallible what we are final. I think there will be some Democrats who find the nominee attractive.

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