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Trump adviser dodges Roe v. Wade question on Supreme Court pick

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who will likely seal his sport to run against McCaskill after an August Republican primary, called the SCOTUS nominee "the defining issue of this campaign".

The US President has chosen prime time to make the announcement. "The whole list is extraordinary", he said.

While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules a year ago during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch. On Sunday there was no indication that he had yet made his decision, as speculation continued to swirl around the appointment. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. In the presidential debates he vowed to appoint only justices committed to "automatically" overturning Roe v Wade, the precedent which affirmed abortion as legal until the age of viability of the fetus, normally put at 23 or 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Graham said. "So red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision, and I hope every Republican will rally around these picks, because they're all outstanding".

Blumenthal told Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that the public supports abortion rights.

"Nobody really knows" how the next justice will vote, Leo said.

"I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The conservative, pro-life activist who has President Trump's ear as he decides on filling a Supreme Court vacancy predicted the nominee would be confirmed before the mid-term elections but sidestepped a question about whether the candidate would oppose Roe v. Wade.

Stephanopoulos also asked Leo about an argument by some Democrats, including Blumenthal, that no new justice should be appointed until after special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is finished because it would be improper for the president to nominate someone who may have jurisdiction over the probe.

"This next nomination will be the swing vote to overturn Roe v Wade and equally important to eviscerate the protections of millions of Americans who suffer from existing conditions and other healthcare rights along with workers' rights, gay rights, voting rights".