Trump predicts 'vicious' fight over Supreme Court vacancy

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"None of the people who are being talked about now in the public space in the media are people who have a clear position on Roe v. Wade", he said, as quoted by the Washington Free Beacon. "There are people on that list whom I could not support".

"This is a very different Supreme Court discussion because everyone in the Senate who is going to vote on this knows this could change the balance of power".

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"[Trump] did tell me that he would not be asking that question", Collins said. "I also suggested that he broaden his search beyond the list of 25 nominees".

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.

"The White House counsel told me that there have been a few additional potential nominees added to that list", Collins told ABC this morning. "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 and I believe that that is the very important fundamental tenant of our judicial system, which as Chief Justice Roberts says, helps to promote stability and even handedness".

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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. Justice Anthony Kennedy planned to retire at the end of August.

"The fact of the matter is - Roe v. Wade is a major precedent", Leo said on "Fox News Sunday".

Trump plans to announce his next Supreme Court nominee next week.

Collins, a moderate Republican, claimed Roe v. Wade is "settled law" and emphasized her desire for the new Supreme Court justice to adhere to stare decisis, a legal doctrine that binds courts to precedent. "It has been described as a constitutional right for 45 years and was reaffirmed 26 years ago". In 2002, according to Talking Points Memo, Collins said: "The Republican party should be as synonymous with protecting a woman's right to choose as the Democratic party is with expanded government or raising taxes". Even though McConnell changed Senate rules previous year to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together, he can not afford defections.

On Sunday, Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to Trump on judicial nominations, said he expected Trump to select a nominee who is mindful of precedent but who is also more "originalist and textualist".

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