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Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. President Donald Trump's list of candidates for the Supreme Court posted on White House website in November 2017 inclu

Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. President Donald Trump's list of candidates for the Supreme Court posted on White House website in November 2017 inclu

Relishing the guessing game beyond the White House gates, Trump had little to say about his choice before the announcement. Hardiman, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, where he served at one time with Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry. Now, McConnell applied the rule change to High Court nominees as well. As a result, they will argue, the nominee is certain to pursue Trump's policy goals of undermining the Affordable Care Act and overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that barred states from outlawing abortion. They've been vetted by conservative groups. A new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll shows that Republicans are likely to keep control of the Senate in 2018, which would ensure that Trump's judicial nominees continue to sail through Senate confirmation.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, and with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president's nominee. He left office as the number two in his party's Senate leadership, a position now held by Republican GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, is ill and may not be able to participate in the confirmation process.

Leo, who had helped Trump compile the original list of nominees, said that he would pick Kavanaugh, with Kethledge and Barrett a close second.

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Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice. His mother, Martha, became a Maryland state judge a quarter-century ago.

"The following list of potential Supreme Court justices is representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value and, as President, I plan to use this list as a guide to nominate our next United States Supreme Court Justices". "There is no question in my mind regarding Brett for the Supreme Court".

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward: a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law". Once that happened, I think that the Supreme Court was diminished for decades to come. While waiting, he's penned he has written almost 300 opinions and sent 41 of his law clerks to similar posts at the high court - far more than any of the other leading candidates for the nomination.

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President Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace Justice Kennedy tomorrow; Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner and Garrett Tenney have more.

In this March 8, 2017, file photo, Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia.

Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, says it's "extremely disappointing" that some Democrats have made clear they'll oppose the nominee even before the president announces his choice.

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them".

Democrats who plan to oppose Trump's nominee are focusing on two Republican moderates, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, hoping to turn them against Trump's selection.

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) refuses to support President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee no matter who it is simply because the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank had a major influence in shaping the chief executive's list of potential selections. Kennedy, a 1988 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, was the most unpredictable. Only 40 percent of politically conservative Catholics and 25 percent of politically liberal Catholics look to their religion most "for guidance on right and wrong", according to Pew Research Center.

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