Trump anti-abortion supreme court pick 'not acceptable', says Collins

Trump anti-abortion supreme court pick 'not acceptable', says Collins

"They were all saying, 'Don't do that.you shouldn't do that, '" he said during an interview that aired Sunday on Fox News.

In addition to Collins, another key vote in the Senate on the abortion issue would be fellow Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who also favours abortion rights. Most, if not all, of the potential nominees on his previously released list of candidates were vetted by the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group whose leadership disagrees with the Roe decision.

Kennedy's retirement is widely viewed as the most significant Supreme Court vacancy in a generation, marking the departure of the court's swing vote on a range of issues including abortion, LGBTQ rights and health care.

Key adviser to President Trump helped draw up that list of 25 names from which the president says he will choose his next Supreme Court nominee.

"The Republicans set the procedure, they set the schedule and they've done away with the filibuster for Supreme Court nominee, so we're not going to win this because of the procedures", Smith said.

With Republicans holding only a 51-49 majority in the Senate, Trump's next Supreme Court pick has a narrow path toward confirmation, making the votes of moderates like Collins and U.S. Sen. Though McCain has often defied Trump, he has been absent from Congress all year as he undergoes treatment for an aggressive brain cancer.


"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated a hostility to Roe v. Wade", Collins said during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union". Collins hit back against this suggestion, pointing to her bipartisan record in the Senate and thorough vetting of Supreme Court picks. She emphasized that there were certain people on Trump's candidate list that she wouldn't vote for, though she didn't specify who those people were. "And indeed it would be inappropriate to ask a judge nominee on how they are going to vote in a future case".

But she emphasized that they had to talk about precedent.

"I'm going to have an in-depth discussion with the nominee, and I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law, as it has been described by Chief Justice Roberts", Collins told Raddatz.

Susan Collins said a nominee's position on the abortion decision will be crucial to her vote. The president added that he's unlikely to ask his nominee's position on the landmark Roe vs. Wade abortion rights case - which Collins said the president had also told her, as well. "And that's what I want to see in this nominee".

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Susan Collins speaks at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce's Quarterly Business Breakfast in Rockport, Maine, U.S., October 13, 2017. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, are shown during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington on February 15.

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