Justice Kennedy has always been seen as a "moderate" voice on the Court, despite being appointed by President Ronald Reagan. "And they will get a much more favorable reception with any of the judges on President Trump's list of 25 possible nominees".
President Donald Trump has said he plans to pick a young Supreme Court justice who could be on the court for 40 years or more. The president is expected to announce his nomination to replace Kennedy soon.
Stressing the importance of the Supreme Court in the 2016 campaign made sense for evangelical leaders, given Trump's ill-defined and less-than-conservative politics. Schumer reportedly told Republicans that, should Democrats reclaim power in the chamber, he will preserve the legislative filibuster - a self-imposed Senate rule requiring a supermajority 60 votes to bring a bill up for a vote. For President Trump's part, he has remarked this week that he will be choosing his replacement from the same list, compiled mostly by the Heritage Foundation, that he plucked the conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch from.
At the White House, the senators took turns meeting with Trump.
But during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had vowed to seek to place a "pro-life justice on the court". All three are up for reelection this year.
Trump spent Wednesday night in North Dakota, rallying in favor of Heitkamp's challenger, and telling attendees that Heikamp "will vote "no" to any pick we make for the Supreme Court", according to an NBC News account of the event.
Senator Lee is not to be confused with his brother, Thomas Lee, also on Trump's list.
"Listen, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins can handle pressure", said Marco Rubio of Florida.
This week's video from CNN's Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org explains Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison's tweet that the Supreme Court "ratified Donald Trump's "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entry into the United States".
For all his votes on the conservative side of issues, Roberts has had his critics on the right.
Three women now serve on the bench: Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. However, he invited her, Donnelly and Manchin to the White House the next day to discuss the nomination process. "Arabella & me at the Supreme Court today", she wrote. "I like them all", he said. Obama eventually went with Merrick Garland, the alternative choice before him, who did not even get a confirmation hearing from the Republican-controlled senate.
Roberts voted in favor of gun rights in two cases that held that Americans have the right to have guns, at least for self-defense in their homes. Roy Blunt R-Mo. that would allow health insurance providers to decide not to cover the cost of contraceptives based on religious objections. The future of Kennedy's seat has been a moment abortion rights opponents and supporters alike have been anticipating for years because Kennedy historically sided with the liberals on the court in favor of protecting abortion rights.
Trump said he was not intending to ask candidates about their positions on Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion rights decision. "We trust that she will" again.
During Kennedy's tenure, Deutsche Bank became Trump's most important lender, dispensing well over $1 billion (U.S.) in loans to him for the renovation and construction of skyscrapers in NY and Chicago at a time when other mainstream banks were wary of doing business with him because of his troubled business history.
Citing two former members of senior management, Ruhle said, "a lot of the recent lending comes from the private bank...most of which was done after Justin left the bank". For him, that means confirming "a Supreme Court justice that upholds the unborn or children in the womb's right to life", he said.