The US President, according to the White House, has interviewed seven candidates from his master list of 25 judges.
Manchin said in a statement he would meet with and evaluate Trump's nominee, adding that he is open to backing the right selection.
President Trump should directly take on Russian President Vladimir Putin for meddling in the US political process in their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki next week, Republican Sen.
Graham said the nomination will be a "nightmare for red-state Democrats", who risk angering their constituency if they join other Democrats' opposition to Trump's pick.
Republicans also said Kavanaugh enabled the supreme court ruling that saved the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.
Partisan rancor has flamed since Kennedy announced last week that he would be retiring after more than three decades on the Supreme Court. As White House officials handled Pruitt's exit, some Trump allies wondered whether the president might announce his choice before Monday to bump Pruitt from the headlines.
President George W. Bush, meanwhile, nominated Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in January 2006. Kennedy, a moderate who was nominated to the court for Ronald Reagan, was a reliable swing vote; his vacancy gives the conservative Trump Administration the opportunity to shift the ideological balance of the country's highest court.
Judge Raymond Kethledge, 51, is widely touted as "Gorsuch 2.0" - he and the Supreme Court's newest justice are fishing buddies and share a similar judicial philosophy.
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Cuccinelli's remark was a wry reference to another contender, Coney Barrett, whom social conservatives unsure about Kavanaugh have rallied behind this week.
Given the uncertainty over which party will control the Senate come January, the White House simply can't afford failure in the coming confirmation struggle. Additionally, three Democrats - including Donnelly and Manchin - supported Barrett when Trump nominated her to the bench past year.
"If Democrats tried to go anti-Catholic with her, that'd backfire and we know it", said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.).
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is another Republican who sometimes rejects strict Republican orders.
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MA gay-rights advocates worry President Trump's soon-to-be-announced Supreme Court pick could mean the reversal of recent rulings on same-sex marriage and privacy rights - but some conservatives are cheering on that possibility.
Trump said during his campaign that he will nominate staunchly pro-life judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion a state-level issue.
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