The Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, but anti-abortion advocates hope Roe v. Wade will soon be overruled if Trump gets the chance to appoint a justice who could cast a potentially decisive vote against it.
"They're going to get beaten so badly", Trump said. "They are outstanding people, they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and every other way and I had a very, very interesting morning", he said. On Friday, he told reporters that short list had been further pared down to five candidates.
Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it's even closer because of the absence of ailing Sen.
The president, however, has indicated that he will stick to that list in nominating a new justice, and said he will announce his pick on July 9.
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Trump was pressed on his view of abortion, women's reproductive rights and restrictions being decided on a state basis, not federal.
"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", Collins told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" on Sunday.
He praised them all as uniquely qualified to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, are shown during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington on February 15.
She went on, saying, "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, and that would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent, a fundamental tenant of our judicial system". So you're not just voting on whether you think Trump should have his nominee. In the third presidential debate in October of 2016, Trump was asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he wanted to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe.
"The Senate will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor this fall", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said. In the instance of a 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote.
Collins said Trump told her that he would not ask a prospective Supreme Court nominee about their stance on Roe.