President Trump to reveal Supreme Court pick

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The nominee likely faces a contentious confirmation battle.

Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.

Speaking of the president's shortlist, which The Hill reported includes Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, Graham suggested that any conservative Republican would be happy with the options-touting Hardiman in particular as a good choice.

President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, in a primetime televised event.

Kavanaugh's views on presidential power and abortion are expected to draw particular attention in his confirmation hearing.

"The Republicans control the votes in the Senate, but we have the American people on our side", he said. Luther Strange, cutting the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is battling brain cancer and has been absent since last December.

Demand Justice, a liberal group formed to counter JCN's influence, has not committed to a particular dollar figure but has placed ads in Alaska and ME targeting Murkowski and Collins. Both support a woman's right to have an abortion and will be looking for assurances that the nominee would not overturn the Roe v Wade decision establishing abortion rights. First, by admitting he hopes to get certain results on certain policy matters, he has made the subtext of judicial nominations text, allowing everyone to speak openly about the important consequences of who gets put on the courts.

Then McConnell and other Republicans reminded Trump of another political goal: the confirmation path of least resistance.

Those three senators, like Collins and Murkowski, declined to take an immediate position on Kavanaugh on Monday, promising to carefully review his record and personally question the nominee.

President Barack Obama nominated Garland on March 16, 2016, eight months before the presidential election on November 8, 2016. The site's headline says it all: "Democrats' Senate dream slips away". While that argument won't sway Republicans, their strategy could stiffen Democratic resolve to oppose the nominee.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised to opposed Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything he has. Gorsuch met with almost three-quarters of the Senate in advance of his hearings. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Signaling the fight ahead on abortion rights, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement: "There's no way to sugarcoat it: With this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line". Conservative and liberal interest groups are poised to spend tens of millions of dollars in advertising and grass-roots activity. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states.

"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.

The campaign is set to launch "as soon as the nominee is announced", according to Judicial Crisis Network. The group says it has reserved air time nationally and in those same states for another four weeks.