Trump Will Make Supreme Court Pick, Anthony Kennedy Successor On July 9

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"We have an election between someone who promises he will support issues important to us as Christians, including appointing justices to the Supreme Court who would make us all proud - that's Donald Trump - and someone who promises she will do just the opposite".

CBS News has learned that the two leading contenders are D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, both women. "Just banning abortion and because they know that there are now going to be five votes on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe V. Wade", Toobin said.

Some possible nominees being eyed include Thomas Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy. He said he planned to interview one or two of them this weekend in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending time with family at his private golf course.

In interviewing candidates, Trump said he would not discuss whether they would reverse the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision.

It's been less than a week since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, but already anti-women activists are plotting how best to take advantage of a weakened judicial branch in order to undermine access to safe abortions.

Trump's allies have made clear he wants another justice in the Gorsuch mold. The swing-vote senators, along with McCain, were the trio who derailed the GOP's 2017 effort to repeal most of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger towards Trump.

"I think sometimes we talk about Supreme Court too much in abstractions, about dignity and who is qualified and who is not". The more significant shift on the high court, he said, would likely be the help given to conservatives in their fight for what they call religious freedom. "We have to pick one that's going to be there for 40 years, 45 years", Trump said at a campaign rally in Fargo, North Dakota on Wednesday, suggesting that his nominee will be young enough to serve that long on the court.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump, arrive at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Friday, June 29, 2018.

Past reports have identified five front-runners. "Usually, they don't say that".

"He's an outstanding talent", Trump said of Lee. "Judges, and particularly the Supreme Court, have been a resounding success of this administration". Despite the slim majority, Senate Republicans only need a 51-vote majority to confirm the Supreme Court nominee after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) changed the rules to allow it in the case of Supreme Court justice confirmations.

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