Trump's Supreme Court search begins, with youth a key factor

Trump's Supreme Court search begins, with youth a key factor

They include judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the most talked-about woman on the list; Thomas Hardiman, 52, the runner-up to Gorsuch a year ago; Raymond Kethledge, 51, another former Kennedy clerk; and Amul Thapar, 49, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Furthermore, of the court's four liberals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Justice Stephen Breyer turns 80 this summer, meaning that Trump could have the chance to fill more openings. Earlier in the day Gorsuch, 49, was sworn in as the 113th Associate Justice in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.

Already the confirmation process is becoming a debate about the future of abortion rights in America and whether the nominee would uphold the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and subsequent challenges that have upheld a woman's right to abortion access.

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In recent years, the average retirement age for a Supreme Court justice has been 83.

"I've got it narrowed to about five", he said, including two women. The Senate votes to confirm or deny judicial candidates for federal courts, including Supreme Court nominees.

With Gorsuch, his body of work and his writing were important, but Trump was also impressed by his educational record and his class ranking.

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Pro-choice demonstrators wave signs in front of the US Supreme Court 30 November 2005, in Washington, DC.

In his Air Force One conversation with reporters, during the quick afternoon flight to New Jersey from Washington, Trump singled out one potential candidate for the court, Sen. Nominated by Republican President Ronald Reagan and confirmed in 1988, Kennedy is widely thought to be a moderate and pivotal swing vote on the court.

"He's an outstanding talent", Trump said of Lee. Also attending were Republican Charles Grassley and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.

Leonard Leo, an outside legal activist, will be another key member of the president's advisory team, sources said.

When asked is issues affecting women are the "most important" for 2018 candidates to discuss, almost half (48 percent) said they are "very important but not the most important issue".

Collins told reporters Thursday she will be reviewing the nominee's American Bar Association rating, experience and "respect for the rule of law and the Constitution". However, after Kennedy informed the Trump administration he was retiring, even the most keen observers likely didn't realize how the progressive left would respond to that news.

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