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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.
>> 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.
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.
>> 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.
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.
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.
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.
>> 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.>>