Trump adviser says two Supreme Court candidates are tougher sell

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said some Democrats could defect from the party.

The senator had stumped publicly for her and called her an outstanding judge. Barry served alongside Hardiman as a federal appeals judge on the 3rd Circuit before stepping down previous year. As of Friday, Kavanaugh and Barrett were the top two, but warring between their camps and questions about their potential thorniness and delays in getting confirmed is boosting the chances of Kethledge, Time reports.

"I suspect this is going to be a rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight", Kennedy said. If she's chosen and confirmed, it would be the first time four women would serve together on the nine-member Supreme Court. As a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington he has written opinions on some of the nation's most sensitive issues.

Trump is set to announce his choice Monday night.

As of Sunday, Trump said he had yet to make a decision on who to nominate.

All three states lean heavily Republican. The White House prepared briefing materials on all four.

Trump promised Sunday to choose an "exceptional person" for the post, but some Democrats were already signalling blanket opposition.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says Republicans know they're in for a contentious battle to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, but "won't back down from the fight".

Republicans hold a narrow majority in the Senate, 51 to 49.

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And Democrats can not even be sure of holding their line against Trump's pick.

"Trump will never be elected president of the United States", said former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"Red state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision and I hope every Republican will rally behind these picks because they are all outstanding". Have not made it final.

Kavanaugh is a former clerk to Anthony Kennedy, and was the principle author of the Ken Starr report on Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. He now works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Trump's selection will set up a confirmation showdown in the U.S. Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

The announcement will be made at 9 p.m. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.

While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules past year during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch. He said all four judges on Mr. Trump's shortlist are highly qualified to fill the vacancy on the highest court.

In a wider sense, his nominee will also represent a triumph for conservatism and the organized effort to promote vetted conservative judges that offered McConnell a pipeline of candidates for lower courts and now is reaching the ultimate prize - a solid Supreme Court majority.

In many ways, Trump's pick will further empower the conservative backlash against progressive victories of the Obama era, on issues like gay rights, immigration and health care legislation that set a torch under his shock general election campaign.

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