Sen. Lindsey Graham Says Red State Dems Should Support SCOTUS Pick

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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 a year ago during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Mr Trump has chosen prime time to make the announcement. The US President interviewed seven candidates from his master list of 25 judges, the White House said. Of those, the shortlist is understood to have boiled down to four judges from various U.S. courts of appeal - Amy Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.

Per Phillips' report, one student said that he saw the pick "all over the news" and that the selection is someone who is racist.

While final nominees will be known only when Trump makes the announcement, this would be for the second time that Thapar might not be able to make the final cut after being interviewed by Trump.

Leo has the powerful track record of helping to pick and confirm three of the court's conservative justices, John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. "I'll give you the answer", Mr Trump said.

Leonard Leo said two names on the president's short list to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy - Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman - had less-established conservative records, making it harder to line up support should they be selected.

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"Other people, I think they just want to go along with the flow and make themselves sound intelligent and smart", he said.

"It is extraordinary", Blumenthal said. "So I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation more than anything else".

Today, Graham said all of the possible Supreme Court Justice picks on President Trump's list are "outstanding" and each one is a "winning lottery ticket" for Republicans.

Mr Trump had on Friday discussed the nomination with Vice President Mike Pence in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The son of Indian-American immigrants, Thapar is the Nation's first Article III judge of South Asian descent.

The New York Times on Sunday reported that the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, was strongly urging Trump to opt for either Hardiman or Kethledge on grounds that the other two might be impossible to get confirmed.

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