Trump says he'll announce Supreme Court nominee on July 9

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"What I most liked about Justice Kennedy is he did not identify with any ideological bloc on the court but rather was a justice who evaluated every case, not ideologically, but based on its merits and adherence to the law and the Constitution", Collins said.

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"I've got it narrowed to about five", the president said of his list of candidates, adding that two of the possibilities were women.

"For voters in deep-red states who support Trump, this will be the litmus-test vote for whether you have President Trump's back or not", said Steven Law, president of the Senate Leadership Fund, a campaign group aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Asked if he planned to question potential court nominees on their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade, he responded, "That's not a question I'll be asking".

Manchin says he's "pro-life, but I know how that divides our country immediately, divides everyone".

Democrats had focused on Flake as their best hope to stall Trump's Supreme Court pick.

The first was Gorsuch, whom Trump nominated in 2017.

But replacing Kennedy, who for decades held the decisive vote in numerous court's closely divided cases, would give Trump the opportunity to move the court sharply to the right.

Choosing a female justice might help soothe concerns among the two most moderate Republicans in the senate, both of whom are women. Trump won West Virginia by 42 percentage points in the 2016 election, North Dakota by 36 percentage points and in by more than 19 percentage points.

"Say hello to your boy", Mr. Trump said. The 53-year-old appeals court judge is a former clerk for Justice Kennedy.

Trump has moved quickly on his selection process.

"This is about all 100 senators hearing from people on a daily basis that they do not want people, women, families, criminalized", Hogue said.

Senate Republicans, led by McConnell, have been full steam ahead preparing to vote on Kennedy's replacement before the midterms in November, despite arguments from Democrats that the vote should be postponed until after the 2018 elections. "It's not a coincidence", says Heather Shumaker, senior counsel for reproductive rights and health at the National Women's Law Center. The White House said Trump's team also spoke with more than a dozen additional senators.

Trump indicated that he would stick to a list of possible nominations that was drawn up before the election and includes many conservative and originalist jurists.

MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, who worked for eight years at Deutsche Bank before joining the news network, cautioned about reaching conclusions because there are multiple parts of the bank that "can easily get confused and lumped together". If Thapar lands the position, Trump can earn himself another mention in the history books as the president who appointed the first American of Indian descent to the Supreme Court.

Then, after Gorsuch's nomination was announced, a White House official singled out two candidates for the next Supreme Court vacancy: Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Raymond Kethledge of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Cincinnati.

Then starts the politics of a Senate confirmation. And outside supporters have already begun a public advocacy campaign, focusing their pressure on Democratic senators in states that supported Trump.

He said Democratic senators running for reelection in conservative states, like West Virginia and in, face a "lose-lose" scenario: risk angering their base voters by supporting Trump's pick, or vote no and harm their chances among the Republicans and moderates they still need to win. But the list that the president had before, he has about 25 names.