Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgs replacement will be a woman, says Trump

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is expected to bring social issues such as abortion to greater prominence in the election

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That difference could impact the ability of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to confirm Ginsburg's replacement because some GOP senators have expressed reluctance to filling a Supreme Court vacancy during a presidential election year.

On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump echoed the senator's sentiment, adding that Republicans in the Senate have an "obligation" to confirm a justice "without delay". And we don't want to see the clock turn back. "I think it's going to go very quickly, actually", he said to reporters just one day after the 87-year-old justice died from complications of pancreatic cancer. "I think it should be a woman".

Trump said he had a "short list" of contenders.

Democratic lawmakers led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as well as former President Barack Obama, all maintained that Ginsburg's replacement be nominated by the next president to be chosen by voters in the November 3 election. Trump has tried to appeal to the demographic through a "law and order" message that says cities and suburbs are under threat from violent agitators amid months of racial justice protests. At one point in a campaign rally in the battleground state of North Carolina on Saturday, he asked the crowd whether they wanted him to nominate a man or woman. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate.

"The voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider", Biden said Friday night.

Barrett, 48, a judge with the Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, is a conservative, pro-life Roman Catholic who clerked for late Justice Antonin Scalia after she graduated from law school.

"We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has always been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices", the Republican president earlier said on Twitter.

And Trump is expected to announce his nominee within the next week.

Trump won an important ally when Sen.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) indicated Saturday that he will move forward on the nomination.

"The stakes just got even higher this election - our health, our bodies, and our lives are all on the line", Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood's voting outreach arm said in a statement, warning Senate Republicans who vote to approve a Supreme Court nominee before the election that they will be held accountable at the polls.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are still seething over the Republican Senate's refusal to act on a Supreme Court nominee from then-president Barack Obama in 2016.

"It was such a sense of profound meaning that we felt in her passing, and also a moment of change", she said.

But one of the Senate's most vulnerable Republicans facing reelection this year, Sen. Susan Collins of ME, put herself bluntly in opposition to the president's wishes.

"I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election", she said.

Debate is raging over whether Justice's Ginsburg dying wish, that she "not be replaced until a new president is installed", should be honoured. "We will honor that wish".

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who sets the calendar and has made judicial appointments his priority, pledged that Mr Trump's nominee would receive a confirmation vote. Before Friday, its total fundraising haul has been $3.5 million.

Donald Trump named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible nominees. McConnell's efforts were ultimately successful in blocking the nomination, which never came to a vote. Typically it takes several months to vet and hold hearings on a Supreme Court nominee, and time is short ahead of the election.

Senior congressional Democrats raised the prospect of adding more justices next year to counterbalance Trump's nominees if they win control of the White House and Senate. But there is a significant question of whether McConnell will have those votes. The Maine Republican faces the toughest race of her career. But she runs a risk of alienating the Trump-backing Republicans she needs to win in ME by saying the court vacancy should be filled by whomever wins the November 3 election.

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