>> Days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement->> I'm so honored that he decided to do this during our term.>> US President Donald Trump has set a date to announce his choice for the nations top court. Tweeting Saturday, I will be making my choice for Justice of the United States Supreme Court on the first Monday after the July 4th Holiday, July 9th!.
Trump told reporters on Air Force One Friday, that among his potential nominees are two women. And while the President said he'll be conducting interviews over the weekend, two questions he won't be asking is their stance on gay rights and abortion. Trump is expected to name a more consistent conservative than Kennedy, who sometimes sided with the court's more liberal justices.
The open seat proving to be a motivator for voters on both ends of the spectrum. An exclusive Reuters/Ipsos poll showing 90% of Democrats who responded said the vacancy would make them more likely to vote for a Democratic Senate candidate in the November 6th election. While 81% of Republicans said the issue would make them more likely to vote for a Senate candidate from their party.
Topping the list of issues that concerned respondents most was gun rights, followed by healthcare, civil rights, and abortion. With a slim 51-49 Senate Majority, the GOP hopes to have a new justice in place before the November election.