Scott released a video ad Monday that deemed the Democrat a "rubber stamp" for President Barack Obama's judicial nominees and noted that he "voted against Supreme Court Justice [Neil] Gorsuch." referring to Trump's 2017 appointee.
Eager to build suspense, Trump wouldn't divulge who he's talking to in advance of his big announcement, set for July 9. Susan Collins (R-Maine), in the hopes that they could sway one of their votes based on their support of abortion rights.
Meanwhile, the Senate's top Democrat tried Monday to rally public opposition to any Supreme Court pick by President Donald Trump who'd oppose abortion rights, issuing a striking campaign season call to action for voters to prevent such a nominee by putting "pressure on the Senate".
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump met with four people for 45 minutes each on Monday and will continue meetings through the rest of the week.
The four candidates interviewed so far, first reported by the Above the Law blog, are all federal appeals court judges whose names appear on a list of 25 supreme court prospects published a year ago by the White House.
Getting a successor to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his resignation last week, approved by the Senate before the current session ends this year is a crucial task for Trump.
"I would not support a nominee who would demonstrate hostility to Roe v. Wade", she said. "Someone who tries to keep an open mind and perspective nominees like Brett Cavanaugh, Amy Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman are people who have not specifically said they oppose Roe vs. Wade and their writings and their work show that they are very fair".
"Obviously I have to wait and see who the nominee is, but if, as President Trump has suggested, he's going to have a litmus test - and he said this over and over - on Roe v. Wade, then I'm not going to be voting for some justice who's going to overturn Roe v. Wade", Nelson said following a news conference with Tampa Bay-area environmental advocates touting his record and criticizing Gov. Rick Scott, who is challenging him for the U.S. Senate.
Walker said that if it comes down to the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote, he thinks it could tear the country apart.
He consulted with advisers over the weekend at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club, and the White House has mobilized a team to manage the nomination process. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first pick to the high court, have indicated more broadly that they respect legal precedent. The ads will start appearing on Wednesday.
Judge Kavanaugh sits on Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and is a former clerk to Justice Kennedy.
Sen. Claire McCaskill questions Secretary of Defense James Mattis about a new report detailing procurement violations involving a defense contractor at a hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee, April 26, 2018, in Washington.