Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, are shown during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington on February 15.
Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence predicted on the campaign trail that their then-potential presidency would result in Roe v. Wade being overturned, and New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman noted on Twitter that all of the 25 potential Supreme Court picks Trump assembled are opposed to abortion. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and barbed comments Thursday on the new vacancy, abortion rights and the debate to come.
"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v Wade", Collins told CNN's State of the Union, "because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy would not include a respect for established decisions, for established law, and I believe that is a fundamental tenet of our judicial system".
"What I want to see is a nominee who, regardless of his or her personal views on the very hard and contentious life issue, is going to respect precedent, regardless", she said. 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.
"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don't want to see a judge have", Collins said. Kennedy was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in February 1988 after being nominated by a fellow Republican, President Ronald Reagan. Collins based her opposition to nominees who would overturn Roe V. Wade due to it being an overturn of precedent.
Carrie Severino, a conservative legal advocate with the Judicial Crisis Network, said her group plans seven-figure spending on ads to help confirm Trump's nominee. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution as compared to broader rulings such as Roe.
Echoing Leo's view, Sen.
"I'm going to try to do something like that, but I don't think I'm going to be so specific in the questions", the president said.
Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it's even closer because of the absence of ailing Sen. Chief Justice John Roberts, for example, wrote a brief as a Department of Justice employee in 1990 that supported overturning the ruling But during his 2006 confirmation hearing before the Senate, he said the ruling was "settled as a precedent of the Court".