Senator Susan Collins Says Anti-Roe Nominees Would 'Not Be Acceptable'

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2015

"I got the feeling that he was still deliberating and had not yet reached a decision, and that this was genuine outreach on his part", Collins said.

"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.

"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 said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"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 Sunday in an interview on ABC's "This Week".

In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Trump said his advisers have told him he should not ask anyone on his potential list of Supreme Court nominees whether they would overturn Roe v Wade, the 1973 decision that effectively legalized abortion in the United States.

Trump said on Friday he plans to announce his nominee on July 9 and that he has narrowed his list of contenders to about five, including two women. "I also suggested that he broaden his search". Without Kennedy, the high court will have four justices picked by Democratic presidents and four picked by Republicans, giving Trump the chance to shift the ideological balance toward conservatives for years to come. John McCain, R-Ariz., is out as he battles brain cancer.

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While campaigning in 2016, then-candidate Trump indicated he would select a nominee who expressed willingness to overturn Roe v Wade.

As a result, the focus has turned to Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. He has targeted them for defeat in November's midterm elections. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, not to "just trust that what somebody says to you in a conversation trying to get your vote is what's going to happen when they are on the Supreme Court". They were the only Democrats to do so. He was asked about Roe v. Wade in his confirmation hearings in March and stressed the value of legal precedent and noted Roe v. Wade has been reaffirmed many times. "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". The Maine senator said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the 45-year-old Roe decision, which has always been an anathema to conservatives. "I am not going to vote for anyone who tells me they are going to decide a case before the facts are presented". He sided with the court's liberals by voting in favor of abortion rights and gay rights in some cases.

The president told Fox News that he believes his nominee will get some support from Democrats. "Well, maybe someday it will be to the states".

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