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Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to get whoever President Trump chooses through their Senate confirmation and onto the Supreme Court before November.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh built a solidly conservative record during his 12 years on the appeals court in Washington that decides consequential cases on health care, the environment and other major governmental policies.
Kavanaugh "is a well-respected judge with a strong record of honoring the Constitution and upholding the rule of law", Sen.
The fact that the president chose another conservative justice is more important than the name of that justice.
Democrats say McConnell is being hypocritical in moving forward with the nomination.
"I'm very close to making a decision", Trump said.
He is the kind of judge a President Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney would have picked - a man with an established legal pedigree and a reputation as a reliably conservative jurist. Liberal advocacy groups are challenging Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to keep the Democrats united.
"Judge Kavanaugh's reasoning on religious liberty, Obamacare, and issues concerning life have proven to be of major concern", said AFA President Tim Wildmon.
Casey supported Hardiman's appointment to the Third Circuit in 2007, saying he was well qualified to serve on that court.
The candidates on Trump's shortlist are all steadfast conservatives.
"I suspect this is going to be a rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight", Kennedy said. He's urging people to make their voices heard, an indirect reference to voicing their objections to senators. Kavanaugh's evolved view on the subject could have implications for President Trump.
On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings, the hearing occurred 39 days after the nomination was formally submitted, according to the Congressional Research Service.
He holds numerous same values as Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was also appointed to the Supreme Court by President Trump.
Signaling the fight ahead on abortion rights, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement: "There's no way to sugarcoat it: With this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line".
Recent developments underline the shrewdness of Trump's campaign team, which published a list of potential court nominees with stellar conservative credentials before he faced off against Hillary Clinton.
In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to President Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigations.
Justice Kennedy sometimes sided with the court's liberal justices on divisive social issues. The framers established that the Constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty.
"I have interviewed many candidates for the federal bench, including (Chief Justice John) Roberts and (Justice Samuel) Alito", said Bush's former attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, said. Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is also a former Kennedy clerk.
Trump chose the 53-year-old federal appellate judge for the seat opened up by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Some conservatives have questioned his commitment to social issues like abortion. "She has made clear - as she said to the President in person two weeks ago - that she considers fully vetting Supreme Court nominees one of the most important jobs of any US senator, and she plans to fulfill that critical duty". He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge.
But his supporters note his experience and a wide range of legal opinions.