Supreme Court fight in the spotlight — Sunday shows preview

President-elect Trump's acceptance speech was broadcast in Times Square in New York City after his 2016 election. Nearly two years later the partisan divide grows even wider

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Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill.: "With so much at stake for the people of our country, the U.S. Senate must be consistent and consider the President's #SCOTUS nominee once the new Congress is seated in January".

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, effective July 31, at the close of the term this week.

The president says he is considering two women among a group of at least five potential candidates for the nation's high court. "I'm convinced the people on this list are Gorsuch-like", said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life.

While speaking on Air Force One, Trump said he will be interviewing candidates this weekend, adding that he's considering two women for the post, according to NBC News.

The senator was among several key Democrats and Republicans meeting with Trump late Thursday at the White House as the administration prepares to move quickly to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy by fall.

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

Both sides are gearing up for a confirmation battle in the Senate after Trump names his nominee.

Leonard Leo, a Trump adviser on judicial nominations, said liberal groups bring out the abortion issue every time a Republican president gets to make a Supreme Court nomination, including when Ronald Reagan nominated Kennedy in 1987. But thanks to the Democrats' imprudent decisions to break precedent and change Senate rules to confirm lifetime appointments to the federal circuit court under President Barack Obama, and then to filibuster Gorsuch, Senate Republicans need only a simple majority to confirm Trump's choice.

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Trump told Fox Business Network this week that he would probably not ask the question of potential nominees.

If Republicans unite behind Trump's selection, there's little Democrats can do to stop it. Republicans changed the Senate rules previous year so Supreme Court nominees cannot be filibustered, meaning only 51 votes will be required to confirm. That list has been updated since Trump took office but legal scholars who advised him on the issue during the campaign remain highly influential.

"I like them all", he said.

During the candidate vetting the last time, the White House asked all the contenders whom they would pick instead of themselves - and they all said Gorsuch, said the person, who was not authorized to disclose private conversations. "I don't think anyone knows what Chief Justice Roberts would do in those circumstances", she said. Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota also talked to Trump. The three face re-election in November in states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Kennedy's retirement should "remove all doubt" about the importance of November's midterms, while outsiders began to debate how Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a NY Democrat who urged Republicans on Wednesday "to follow the rule they set in 2016" and "not to consider a Supreme Court justice in an election year", should direct his caucus.

"The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by providing advice and consent on President Trump's nominee to fill this vacancy", he said.

An open seat on the Supreme Court was an important factor in rallying conservatives behind Trump's presidential election campaign in 2016.

"It is exciting though, right?" said Trump.

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