"Listen, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins can handle pressure", said Marco Rubio of Florida.
"I think the only thing that's going to influence those two very good senators is. how they perform in the hearing", said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.
Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it's even close because of the absence of ailing Sen. Senator John McCain of Arizona is not a guaranteed vote, as he has been absent all year owing to health reasons.
Trump's nominee must win confirmation by the Senate. Vice President Mike Pence can be called on to break a tie.
"In my mind there's no difference between stealing a swing seat on the Supreme Court the way they did and adding justices to the court to reverse that majority", Faris said.
The president discusses Justice Kennedy's retirement and the process of finding a replacement during a rally in Fargo, North Dakota.
Manchin indicated Thursday he was keeping an open mind.
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"I always look at judicial temperament, qualifications, experience, the ABA [American Bar Association] rating and their respect for the rule of law and the constitution", Collins said.
The White House said Trump's team also spoke with more than a dozen additional senators. Donnelly would not say whether that has included him. He said a vacancy on the court in 2016 helped boost enthusiasm among evangelicals for Trump. "From day one, I've heard, outside of war and peace of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge - if you get it". Somebody has the last word and here it is the Supreme Court and Roe V. Wade is doomed.
While there's no evidence that Justin Kennedy's business relationship with Trump played any role in his father's decision to retire at a time when Trump is positioned to be able to select his successor - and following a term in which Kennedy regularly sided with the court's four conservatives judges to cast deciding votes in cases dealing with issues like Trump's travel ban and abortion -political observers have noted the connection.
But Democrats haven't given up the fight, with many lawmakers still bitter over Garland's treatment. Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday. The group has already produced a new TV advertisement calling Trump's list of 25 potential candidates the "best of the best" and warning that his opponents will lie and attack the nominee.
But the Trump family's relationship with Justice Kennedy's family goes beyond friendship.
Possible nominees being eyed include Thomas Hardiman, who has served with Trump's sister, now on senior inactive status, on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy.