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Trump anti-abortion supreme court pick 'not acceptable', says Collins
The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 1, 2018 | Tom McCarthy

Posted on 07/01/2018 3:17:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

As battle lines are drawn for the coming fight over Donald Trump’s second supreme court nominee, a senator who could help to decide the fate of the nomination warned on Sunday that a justice who would seek to reverse federal abortion rights protections “would not be acceptable”.

“A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have,” Republican senator Susan Collins told ABC’s This Week, referring to the 1973 court decision protecting abortion rights.

Trump, however, said on Sunday the abortion issue could be returned to the states, suggesting that a future court could overturn the federal abortion rights protections created by Roe.

“We’ll see what happens but it could very well happen with the states at some point,” Trump told Fox Business, repeating a view he expressed shortly after his election.

The president has said he will announce his pick to fill the seat of retiring justice Anthony Kennedy on 9 July. He was due to begin interviewing candidates from an existing 25-strong list this weekend, from his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey.

Collins said Trump had told her personally he would not ask potential nominees about their position on Roe – the president told reporters the same on Friday, on Air Force One. But the intensive conservative vetting of potential nominees is such that an anti-abortion disposition is practically ensured....

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Maine; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2018election; 2020election; abortion; anthonykennedy; collins; election2018; election2020; maine; obstructionofjustice; scotus; supremecourt; susancollins; trump; trumpscotus
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Joe Manchin, pick up the white courtesy phone.
1 posted on 07/01/2018 3:17:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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Wow. I’m glad she’s not applying any kind of litmus test or anything.


2 posted on 07/01/2018 3:21:11 PM PDT by JusPasenThru (We have a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Roe v Wade was not judicial activism? It is the icon of activism. The Supremes pulled that one out of their fannies.


3 posted on 07/01/2018 3:23:26 PM PDT by lurk
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To: JusPasenThru

We wouldn’t be in this position had we not lost Alabama. Another reason Session’s appointment as AG was dumb.


4 posted on 07/01/2018 3:25:47 PM PDT by theoilpainter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow...I wasn’t aware he’d already picked someone. Senator Collins is clairvoyant.


5 posted on 07/01/2018 3:26:28 PM PDT by FrankR ( Winners NEVER cheat, and Cheaters NEVER win.)
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Susan Collins: ‘Impressed’ With Neil Gorsuch, but Declines to Endorse Him. It would be premature to reveal her decision before the Supreme Court nominee is fully vetted by the Senate, she says.

Aaaaaand she voted for him. True nothing can be taken for granted but Trump is a wheeler-dealer. If he can get NK to deal, Collins is a cakewalk.

6 posted on 07/01/2018 3:32:49 PM PDT by DoodleBob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She said the same thing before Gorsuch and voted for him, what’s with the panic? Whoever Trump picks is not going to say “yep, I’m for overturning Roe v. Wade tomorrow.”


7 posted on 07/01/2018 3:34:47 PM PDT by Trump20162020
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To: DoodleBob

Anyway she to posture for awhile.


8 posted on 07/01/2018 3:41:26 PM PDT by Reily
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To: Reily

So these Republicans in the Senate are gonna become Prima Donnas so as to get press coverage and hope that Trump is gonna come courting to them?


9 posted on 07/01/2018 3:48:35 PM PDT by prophetic (Trump is today's DANIEL. Shut the mouth of lions Lord, let his enemies be made the Cat Food instead.)
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Yep that’s about the size of it. They probably want something funded.


10 posted on 07/01/2018 3:53:40 PM PDT by Reily
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One should not know what any nominees ideas on Roe v. Wade is


11 posted on 07/01/2018 3:56:35 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: FrankR

Trumps pick will just lie about his position on RVW.

No problem.


12 posted on 07/01/2018 4:00:10 PM PDT by Rome2000 (SMASH THE CPUSA-SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS-CLOSE ALL MOSQUES-GOD WITH US)
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SCOTUS is not going to overturn Roe v. Wade. It doesn't need to. The Life At Conception Act would render Roe v. Wade an irrelevant arcane piece of U.S. legal history.

It is Congress + a president that could and should eliminate Roe v. Wade not the judiciary.

13 posted on 07/01/2018 4:11:45 PM PDT by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: DoodleBob

Maine is a Democrat State. I imagine she has to say certain things...


14 posted on 07/01/2018 4:17:20 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: lurk

Exactly. And they knew it was going to cause a stir at the time. There was a great effort to make it unanimous because they were afraid of being called activists.


15 posted on 07/01/2018 4:30:36 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

STFU, you old CRONE!!


16 posted on 07/01/2018 4:34:00 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Collins has to say that. She wouldn’t survive in Maine if she didn’t. I’m not sure what she really believed


17 posted on 07/01/2018 4:57:05 PM PDT by xzins (Retired US Army chaplain. Support our troops by praying for eir victory.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And here comes the biggest farce in jurisprudence. The nominee, no matter their true view on the issue, has to pretend they have no opinion about abortion even though Roe v Wade is 50 years old. They also can’t have a Pro-Life paper trail. Now, if they are a Democrat nominee, the more blood-thirsty they are in promoting baby-killing, the more qualified liberals believe they are.

Whatever Collins says, the nominee will profess no opinion and Collins will not look hard to find it. What was her vote on Gorsuch?


18 posted on 07/01/2018 4:57:16 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (CNN - the most busted name in news.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey - Trump’s just appointing someone who will interpret the law as intended under the Constitution - if Roe v. Wade was poorly decided, doesn’t actually conform to rigorous Constitutional standards and thus happens to be overturned - tough......


19 posted on 07/01/2018 5:29:34 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Any serious potential SC Justice will not answer questions on how they would vote on any issue likely to be before the Court. Collins knows that. She’s just posturing. Pathetic.


20 posted on 07/01/2018 5:43:05 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry Bear formily known as Ursus Arctos Horrilibis (or U.A. Californicus))
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