Supreme Court contender Kethledge enters spotlight as conservatives look for ‘Gorsuch 2.0’

Supreme Court contender Kethledge enters spotlight as conservatives look for ‘Gorsuch 2.0’

Supreme Court contender Kethledge enters spotlight as conservatives look for ‘Gorsuch 2.0’

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, may have given a hint to who President Trump's next Supreme Court nominee may be, after repeatedly using a female pronoun in an op-ed on the pick.

"No other candidate has his combination of record, ability and a sure-fire path to confirmation - and no other candidate would excite conservative voters this November more than someone they know and trust, like Mike Lee", Cruz wrote for Fox News.

Kavanaugh and Kethledge have the "inside track", according to a person close to the president, because some White House officials believe Coney Barrett, 46, could instead be a pick for the high court in the coming years, after she gains more experience on the federal bench.

Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee a year ago.

"I think I have it down to four people", the president said aboard Air Force One.

A constitutional lawyer who met his wife while clerking for Chief Justice John Roberts, Hawley is in his element when he declares that McCaskill has "been wrong on every single court nominee since she has been running for the Senate or in the Senate".

The married father of two is described by those who know him as a quintessentially "Michigan guy" who fishes and is fond of hunting grouse ("or partridge, as we call them in MI", he once remarked). As part of the rollout process, the White House has been preparing information packages on all four, said two people familiar with the process who were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mr. Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after Judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016. "We are working furiously in Massachusetts to ensure that whatever happens on the Supreme Court, access to abortion in the commonwealth will not be in jeopardy", Rebecca Hart Holder of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts told the Boston Herald.

"We've looked at that scenario for years", Cathi Herrod, Arizona's leading crusader against abortion, said in a phone interview Friday.

Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on a Chicago appeals court, could be on President Trump's list of Supreme Court picks. As Trump's announcement nears, many have the future of Roe v. Wade top of mind.

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law", Collins told CNN. Former clerk for Justice Kennedy provides insight.

Kavanaugh played a key role in drafting the Starr report, which urged the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen.

Barrett's profile rose rapidly previous year with conservative groups after her confirmation hearing featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions.

Democrats and liberal groups are preparing an extensive campaign aimed at convincing moderate Republican senators that the vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee will determine the future abortion rights in America. She was appointed in 2017 by President Trump.

The vacancy left by Kennedy's retirement gives Trump a second opportunity to re-shape the high court.

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