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The appointment is seen as crucial because Kennedy was often a swing vote who would sometimes side with the court's four conservative justices and at other times with its liberals.

One of the judges on Trump's shortlist, Amy Coney Barrett, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Donnelly's home state of in - a factor that could make the lawmaker more likely to vote in favor should Barrett be the nominee. Additionally, KVML Radio will carry President Trump's live announcement at 6 PM this evening, regarding his nomination for a Supreme Court Justice.

Thus it was that the 81-year-old Californian - until recently the only Westerner on the nine-member court - cast the deciding votes in recent years on gay marriage and gun ownership, prayer and privacy, campaign finance and capital punishment.

The candidates on Trump's shortlist are all steadfast conservatives.

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, as well as Kavanaugh, who is now a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia. And importantly, that record demonstrates an understanding of a judge's proper role in our constitutional Republic.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "a superb choice" and said senators would start meeting with him this week.

Leo said Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Kethledge of MI are "a little bit less known by conservatives".

"He could throw a dart on that list" and conservatives would be happy.

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MARTIN: Is there any way to discern how much President Trump is weighing the idea of confirmability in his process? The longtime Kentucky lawmaker reportedly preferred Kethledge and Hardiman over Kavanaugh, believing the former two would be easier to pass through an already tight count in the Senate, according to The Times on Saturday.

All three voted a year ago to confirm Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and the White House invited them to meet with Trump last month to discuss the latest opening on the court.

President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to be the next justice to join the Supreme Court of the United States.

"I'm very confident with this president's enthusiasm and with Leader [Mitch] McConnell's enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed", Trump Adviser on Judicial Nominations Leonard Leo told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday.

By Monday Barrett, at 46 the youngest and the only woman of the four, was being widely discounted due to her relative inexperience and her strong views as a social and religious conservative.

Trump said he will publicly announce his choice to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat Monday night.

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner released the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he will be nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. His views on abortion are generally unknown, but Kavanaugh was part of a panel that signed an order past year to prevent an illegal teenage immigrant from getting an abortion.

He also has expressed a broad interpretation of what constitutes obstruction of justice, a position which could be risky if the Russian Federation investigation leads to impeachable allegations against Trump.

Kethledge, 51, has served on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2008 after also being appointed by Bush.