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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A key moderate Republican U.S. senator said on Sunday she will not support a nominee to fill a soon-to-be-vacated seat on the Supreme Court who would overturn a key legal ruling that supports a woman’s right to abortion.
“I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v Wade,” Susan Collins told CNN’s “State of the Union” program, referring to the 1973 landmark decision.
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“I told [President Trump] that I was looking for a nominee that would demonstrate a respect for precedent … I also suggested that he broaden his search,” Collins also told ABC’s “This Week” program.
She added that there were people on Trump’s initial list that she could not support. The president has said he will choose a nominee from a list of 25 jurists developed for him by White House aides and conservative Washington legal activists.
The Maine Republican is often a swing vote in the Senate, which the Republicans control by only a slim margin.
President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of July, must be approved by the Senate. Trump plans to announce his nominee on July 9.
According to reports, Trump has narrowed his list of candidates to five people, including two women.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 1, 2018
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