"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, R-Maine, said on CNN's "State of the Union".
"I'm going to have an in-depth conversation with the nominee and I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law as it has been described by Chief Justice [John] Roberts", Collins said. "It has been established as a constitutional right for 45 years and was reaffirmed 26 years ago".
"I think we do need a pro-life justice, and I've always been in favor of that", Paul responded. Pryor was a top finalist to replace Justice Antonin Scalia's seat a year ago, but sources say Pryor has been eliminated this time around.
Collins also said Sunday that she has urged the president to expand his list of potential nominees, as there are a number of people on the list she believes do not respect judicial precedent.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that the White House Counsel's office, led by Don McGahn, will again oversee the selection and confirmation process.
Because Republicans only have a one seat majority, every vote counts. Gorsuch was confirmed after Senate Republicans refused to hold hearings in 2016 on former President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Scalia, Judge Merrick Garland, though Collins had called on her colleagues to consider his nomination.
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Collins noted that she was in favor of moving forward with a nominee in the next couple months, so a new justice could be in place by the time the Supreme Court's next term begins in October.
It's not entirely clear how current conservatives on the Court would vote on the issue of overturning Roe v. Wade. "I had a very, very interesting morning".
Almost six in 10 women say they would vote for Democratic House candidates if the election were held today, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey, which also found that most voters support Roe v. Wade. Collins hit back against this suggestion, pointing to her bipartisan record in the Senate and thorough vetting of Supreme Court picks.
"What's important in addition to increasing diversity is how that person would actually interpret law", Chu said. "I care deeply about who serves on the court". So far, Murkowski has stayed relatively mum on the topic, saying only that she would "carefully scrutinize the qualifications of judicial nominees" and would cast an "independent vote".