Murkowski, of Alaska, made no such promise.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr. Trump was asked during a debate whether he wanted the Supreme Court, including justices he would name to overturn Roe v. Wade.
With a little over a week before his big announcement, Trump is relishing the moment. The two men have also, at times, had warm relations with the president.
Collins has a more reliable record in favor of abortion rights, and boasts a 70-percent vote rating in 2018 from Planned Parenthood's political arm. They are all favorites for reelection, and should be -particularly if you add in even a mild pro-Democratic midterm "wave".
McConnell says the situations are not the same.
"We'd be very happy if he'd pick any name on that list", said Severino.
"On the outside there's going to be World War III", he said. "They're not going to respond to pressure from either side". John McCain of Arizona. Even though Republican leader McConnell changed Senate rules a year ago to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together he can not afford defections. The Reagan nominee could have just as easily called it quits when Obama was president.
Manchin indicated Thursday he was keeping an open mind.
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Exactly when Trump's nominee could join the Supreme Court, though, remains a question.
"I think that you will see continued White House outreach", Short said.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a leading evangelical and conservative advocate, was among those suggesting it might make sense to put off a vote on the nominee.
The vacancy has given Trump an opportunity to solidify conservative control of the nation's highest court. Trump went to unusual lengths to get an octogenarian Republican to retire but didn't cross anything that struck me as an ethical red line.
White House officials said they would like to see a new justice confirmed and sworn in before the new court term starts on October 1, or at least by Election Day on November 6. Cory Booker pledged a long-term battle to prevent Trump from rushing a conservative judge onto the court.
But Democrats haven't given up the fight, with many lawmakers still bitter over Garland's treatment. The younger Mr. Kennedy spent more than a decade at Deutsche Bank, eventually rising to become the bank's global head of real estate capital markets, and he worked closely with Mr. Trump when he was a real estate developer, according to two people with knowledge of his role.
But McConnell has insisted Kennedy's successor would be confirmed in the fall and demanded the "president's nominee be considered fairly and not subjected to personal attacks". But that left the timing open for debate.
Republicans, well aware that Democrats will try to pin down Trump's pick on contentious issues, are already making the case that any nominee should abide by the standard Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg used during her 1993 hearings: To give "no hints, no forecasts, no previews" on how they might rule. Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati, lives in Kentucky and is close to McConnell; 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.