Although the Nov. 3 presidential election is fast approaching, the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves a vacancy that Republican President Donald Trump and the slim Republican majority in the Senate could quickly fill.
If a successor is appointed, it would almost certainly push the court, which already had a 5-4 conservative majority, further to the right.
At a campaign rally Friday (September 18), prior to learning about the death of Ginsburg, Trump spoke about the possibility of nominating Senator Ted Cruz to the Supreme Court.
In a move widely credited for mobilizing his supporters before the 2016 election, Trump released a roster of names from which he would choose any potential candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court. On Sept. 9, he released a new list of 20 names, again aiming to bolster support among conservative voters.
The new list brought to 44 the number of nominees Trump has said he would consider.
In addition to Cruz, Trump’s new list includes Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas; Noel Francisco, who served until recently as Trump’s solicitor general; and Paul Clement, the solicitor general under former Republican President George
W. Bush. Among the top contenders is Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
(Production: Deborah Lutterbeck, Don Pessin)