Trump said he may begin interviewing candidates this weekend and is already considering two women.
"Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it". At the invitation of Trump, their executive vice president of the organization, Leonard Leo, helped handpick the 25 Supreme Court candidates that Trump will be choosing from. Trump is also considering Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amul Thapar, who could become the first Indian American to serve on the Supreme Court.
Two of the Republicans - Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins - are abortion-rights supporters and could balk at voting for a Trump nominee who would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade landmark abortion decision.
The president did not disclose whom he is considering for the job. But he said he does want to put conservative people on the Supreme Court and he is proud of his first nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch.
He said Democratic senators running for reelection in conservative states, like West Virginia and in, face a "lose-lose" scenario: Risk angering their base voters by supporting Trump's pick, or vote no and harm their chances among the Republicans and moderates they still need to win.
"I think sometimes we talk about Supreme Court too much in abstractions, about dignity and who is qualified and who is not".
The poll, which was conducted on Thursday and Friday, found that abortion ranked a distant fourth when respondents were asked to list the issue of most concern to them among several that could come before the court.
After Kennedy announced his retirement, Trump thanked him for his service.
"We're going to have great judges, conservative, all picked by the Federalist Society", Trump said during an interview on Breitbart News radio.
Trump did mention another potential candidate, Sen.
NBC News previously reported that one of the front-runners, according to those involved in the process, is Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland. Mike Lee, R-Utah, indicating that Lee was pining for the nomination.
Kennedy's retirement, he said, could provide Democrats with a clear-cut argument in November for the importance of retaking Congress in case further court vacancies arise during the Trump administration.
Manchin says he's "pro-life, but I know how that divides our country immediately, divides everyone".
One thing is certain as President Donald Trump surveys prospective Supreme Court nominees: Age matters.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a GOP gathering in Kentucky that the goal is to wrap up the confirmation in time for the nominee to join the court at the start of its next term in October.