Manchin shares details on Gorsuch support

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, warned that because each party has been open to changing Senate rules through the nuclear option, either party could use it in the future to force legislation through. He, too, has expressed concern about a change in the Senate rules and has been a part of informal conversations to find a way to avert a course that leads to the nuclear option.

Some Democrats have said Republicans "stole" a Supreme Court seat a year ago when the Senate refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Scalia, appellate judge Merrick Garland.

In 2016, President Donald Trump won the home states of three of the four senators the Judicial Crisis Network is targeting in its latest ad buy. "Regardless of which party is in the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court should be above politics", wrote Senator Heitkamp in a statement. Forty-one votes are required to prevent the super-majority vote that would end debate on Gorsuch's nomination.

Missouri's other senator, Republican Roy Blunt, will vote in favor of Gorsuch.

As Democrats move closer to filibustering Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, some conservatives are privately cheering the plan. It's unclear, though, if enough Republicans support the rule change to pass it without Democratic support.

During his confirmation hearings, Gorsuch wasn't only slippery during his answers to questions on his ties to dark money.

But Portman, like other senators interviewed for this story, said he didn't want to see it happen and didn't think it would.

McCaskill told donors that she would be "very comfortable voting against" Gorsuch because of what she perceived as Gorsuch's favoritism toward corporations in past rulings on the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Donnelly of IN, and are also hoping for support from Sen. Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced Thursday they would support Gorsuch. Claire McCaskill, who says she is torn over how to vote, highlighted the dilemma for Democratic senators running next year in states that Trump won in last November's presidential election.

She ticked off a litany of complaints her fellow Democrats have laid out against the judge, saying she was upset he didn't criticize the Supreme Court's precedent in Citizens United, and that Mr. Trump used a broken selection method to pick Judge Gorsuch, a well-regarded appeals court judge. "And, by the way, so did a number of Democrats who are now serving in the United State Senate", Portman said in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday.

They added he is still getting feedback from Montanans and reviewing Judge Gorsuch's qualification.

McCaskill made the announcement to online publishing platform Medium, where she called the decision "difficult", but stated it was due to Gorsuch's "rigid ideology that always puts the little guy under the boot of corporations". McCaskill plans to run for a third term in 2018.

After weeks of mulling it over, U.S. Sen.

The vote to confirm Gorsuch is set to take place April 7. Senate Democrats need 41 of their caucus members to agree to filibuster Gorsuch to prevent his nomination from coming up for a vote.

  • Larry Hoffman