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President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump, board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, June 29, 2018, for a trip to Bedminster, N.J.

President Donald Trump has made some big decisions about who he will choose to replace retiring Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, including a deadline, and what he'll ask about Roe vs. Wade.

The president says he is considering two women among a group of at least five potential candidates for the nation's high court.

Soon after he was sworn into office in 2017, Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who had died a year earlier.

Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said people should assume everyone on Trump's list oppose Roe v. Wade and thus should be a "nonstarter" with senators who support reproductive rights.

"That's not a question I'll be asking", he said. "I find it hard to think that [Chief Justice] Roberts - who has a more long-term view of the arc of the court and a desire to preserve its institutional role - would facially overrule Roe". Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate passes mammoth farm bill Trump has asked advisers about nominating Mike Lee to Supreme Court: report The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance - Dramatic battle looms after Kennedy's retirement MORE's (R-Utah) public acknowledgment he would not turn down the post. Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati; Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Kennedy who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the federal appeals court in Chicago.

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Trump could be reluctant to take Lee out of the Senate because of past experience. "I actually saw him on television last night where he said he'd love the job".

The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political campaign organization, has launched a seven-figure ad buy aimed at vulnerable Democrats, said chief counsel and policy director Carrie Severino.

Several Democratic senators considering 2020 presidential runs jumped into the debate Thursday, rallying from the steps of the Supreme Court. Sen. And like Collins, Murkowski has an independent streak - one that helped her win reelection in 2010 through a write-in campaign after she lost in the GOP primary.

Earlier in the day, Trump's senior counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters he could announce his nominee before he departs for summits with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and then Vladimir Putin.

"I think sometimes we talk about Supreme Court too much in abstractions, about dignity and who is qualified and who is not".