With President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, all eyes are now on the Senate, where a fierce confirmation battle awaits.
Kavanaugh will have the help of an ad campaign sponsored by conservatives to convince colleagues and citizens.
Watch CBN News' FAITH NATION's coverage of the president's announcement. He is also former law clerk to Kennedy.
"One Republican senator can decide the fate of any Supreme Court nominee", said Sen. He is among the best and brightest jurists on the appellate courts with a reputation of being fair and impartial in his decisions. Kavanaugh has also written several opinions critical of the Environmental Protection Agency, arguing, for example, that the agency had to consider the costs of its regulatory measures. The two groups were key in developing the list of candidates used by President Trump to make a decision.
The fact that the president chose another conservative justice is more important than the name of that justice.
AFP vice president Sarah Field said Kavanaugh has sterling qualifications and will "not legislate from the bench". Now it remains to be seen whether or not his confirmation can actually be wrapped up by the beginning of the court's new term in October. I am thinking of that person, but I will announce it on prime-time TV at the White House.
According to The Associated Press, Sen. Democratic senators serving in Republican-leaning states including Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of in and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota made similar remarks, though top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer blasted Trump's pick. Liberal advocacy groups are challenging Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to keep the Democrats united. Trump has indicated that his nominee will come from a list of extreme conservative ideologues that was put together with the assistance of the Federalist Society.
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And it worked. Following the death of Antonin Scalia and the blocked nomination of Merrick Garland, the victor of 2016's presidential election was going to have the power to shift the ideological makeup of the court - the possibility of which played a significant role in drawing people to the polls. McConnell said Kavanaugh believes judges should ignore their personal and political views and simply "interpret our laws as they are written". He has said the indictment of a president would not serve the public interest. A Ronald Reagan nominee, Kennedy joined the high court in February 1988. The framers established that the Constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch served as law clerks to Kennedy at the same time early in their legal careers.
Kavanaugh told the president as he took the microphone to accept his nomination that he was "grateful to you" and "humbled by your confidence in me".
A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Kavanaugh was informed on Sunday night he would be the nominee, adding that "what really tipped the scales was the consistency" the judge had shown on the appeals court.
It may not also be his last, with liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg 85-years-old and Stephen Breyer turning 80 next month.
Analysts say Mr Kavanagh is likely to be more conservative than his predecessor on social issues such as abortion.
Kavanaugh, 53, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a favorite of the conservative legal establishment because of his long record on issues ranging from the separation of powers and executive privilege to abortion, immigration and gun rights.
The White House reassigned key communications staff last week to focus exclusively on the looming Supreme Court fight.
Collins has said she will not support a nominee who has "demonstrated hostility" to the court's decision in Roe, and she has said she generally wants a clear commitment from the nominee to respect court precedent.