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>> Today I am keeping another promise to the American people by nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch. Please step forward.>> With a signature touch of drama, President Donald Trump unveiling his pick for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, nominating Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch. To lock in a conservative majority in the nation's highest court.
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>> Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline, and and has earned bipartisan support.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Trump the outsider has opted for a candidate who radiates establishment credibility. Trump looking to shift the focus from his rocky fist ten days in office.
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Aiming to reshape the Court in the image of the man that Gorsuch would replace, the late conservative jurist Antonin Scalia.>> I pledge that if I am confirmed I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great country.
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>> The Court has been evenly divided between liberals and conservatives since Scalia died last February. Gorsuch seen as a conservative intellectual in the Scalia mould, he says his job is to impartially interpret the law.>> That in our legal order, it is for congress and not the courts to write new laws.
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It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the peoples' representatives.>> At 49 years old, Gorsuch is on the young side for a Supreme Court nominee, but he knows the territory well. He's served on a Denver-based appeals court since 2006, and before that he clerked for two Supreme Court justices, including current justice Anthony Kennedy.
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He went to Harvard Law School with former President Obama. As an Appeals Court judge, he's known for siding with a conservative employer that didn't want to provide birth control coverage for its workers. Those views are sure to come up in his confirmation hearing, and they could give Democrats a reason to oppose him.
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Republicans control the chamber but they're short of the numbers they need to get a Supreme Court pick through. They'll need to convince at least eight Democrats to come along. Protestors gathering outside the Supreme Court girding for a fight.>> I only hope that both Democrats and Republicans can come together for once for the good of the country.
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>> Democrats already fuming over Trump's decision that tighten immigration. Gearing up for a knock down fight. Looking for payback after Republicans refused to even consider President Obama's nominee for the position, which was open for nearly a year.>>
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