Trump has said he is focusing on up to seven potential candidates, including two women, to fill the vacancy created by Kennedy, a swing vote on the nine-member court.
The president interviewed four candidates on Monday and has said he plans to reveal his choice on July 9.
NARAL Pro-Choice is also running a full page ad in all major ME newspapers, and digital ads specifically targeting Collins. Susan Collins are moderate Republicans who support access to abortion services.
"The person chosen will be outstanding", Trump said.
Exactly half of voters say they believe the Supreme Court is motivated by politics rather than law (50% to 42%).
On Monday, the president reportedly interviewed federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Amul Thapar and Raymond Kethledge.
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Trump has explicitly vowed in the past to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that affirmed abortion as a constitutional right, and his nominee following Kennedy's retirement will determine the majority of the high court for decades to come.
Even though Republicans changed Senate rules past year to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together, they can not afford defections. Collins, who appeared on ABC's "This Week" and CNN's "State of the Union", said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the Roe decision, which has always been anathema to conservatives. Trump also spoke about the increasing number of Democrats who have called for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), something Trump said he considers also considers beneficial for Republicans headed into the midterms.
White House Counsel Don McGahn will oversee Trump's selection process, the White House said on Monday. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution as compared to broader rulings such as Roe. John McCain not voting in the Senate due to his serious cancer, Republicans hold the barest of margins in what is now consequently a 50-49 Senate. "If you have somebody who has a record, for instance William Pryor, that it was an abomination, Roe v. Wade, that's clearly going to set off alarm bells", Wallace said.
Judge Kavanaugh sits on Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and is a former clerk to Justice Kennedy.
While not discussing many details of her private conversation with the president, Collins told Raddatz she "suggested that he broaden his search beyond the list of 25 nominees", referring to the president's "List of 25" from which he has pledged to pick the new justice.
While appearing on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Collins framed hostility towards the Roe v. Wade outcome as a form of "activism" that disrespects judicial precedent.