Trump anti-abortion supreme court pick 'not acceptable', says Collins

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Aside from her comment Roe v. Wade, Collins also told ABC that Trump should expand his Supreme Court justice list of candidates beyond the original 25 he's touted.

"I think the person who is chosen will be outstanding", he added.

President Trump said on Fox News on Sunday that he expects his next Supreme Court pick "to go very quickly".

Sen. Bill Nelson shed his hyper cautious reputation Monday, declaring that he expects to vote against President Donald Trump's nominee to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Maine Republican, and frequent key player in major US Senate votes, Susan Collins used this week's Sunday morning circuit to make clear that she is not going to vote for any Supreme Court nominee who appears to be against a woman's right to choose to have an abortion.

Some senators who oppose abortion rights said, regardless of whom Trump nominates and how far rightward the ultimate ideological composition of the Supreme Court shifts, there are no guarantees about future decisions on abortion or any other divisive topic.

"Well, I hope they keep thinking about it", Trump said of Democrats like Sen.

"I'm pro-life, so I think that's a good goal to have when you're pro-life", Iowa's Joni Ernst said in an interview.

This is despite a slim 51-49 majority in the 100-member Senate, and one of two pro-choice Republicans expressing concerns about Trump's potential selection from a list culled with the help of conservative organizations the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. So a nominee's position on whether or not they respect precedent will tell me a lot about whether they would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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"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. He said Friday that he was focusing on five to seven candidates whom he planned to interview this week.

He called Roe v. Wade is "an unconstitutional ruling".

Similarly, Justice Neil Gorsuch, who Trump nominated to the Court a year ago, is widely seen as a pro-life conservative. "If they vote for somebody who is going to change [legal] precedent, it could be a career-ending move". "And that's what I want to see in this nominee".

The phrase is often invoked in the context of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case establishing a constitutional basis for abortion rights that Democrats have warned may now be in jeopardy.

"You never know how that's going to turn out", Trump said. "And no less an authority than Chief Justice Roberts said that repeatedly at his confirmation hearing".

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