WASHINGTON – Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Maine Republican whose voice could play a crucial role in occupying the vacant seat of the Supreme Court, said on Sunday that she would not vote for a candidate "hostile" to Roe v. Wade showed
"A candidate for this important position, who would overthrow Roe v. Wade, would not be acceptable to me because it points to an activist agenda that I do not want to see as a judge," Ms. Collins said on ABCs "This Week".
In another Sunday interview, on CNN's "State of the Union," the Senator said such a decision "would mean to me that their legal philosophy contained no respect for established decisions, established law."
The remarks seemed to move beyond the position that Mrs. Collins had set in talks with reporters last week, calling Wade a precedent that should not be lifted. She had not said explicitly that the view could influence her voice.
Nevertheless, liberals rejected their position as "weak". A long-term goal for conservatives, abortion rights and the Liberal decision of the court in Roe v. The most important points in the fight for the occupation of the place, which judge Anthony M. Kennedy left in the summer. Collins, one of the few remaining centrists in the Republican Party, is one of two Republican senators who supported abortion rights and who in the past were willing to break with their party. The other is Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska. Since Republicans have only the narrowest majority in the Senate, their votes could fall or increase, regardless of who nominated President Trump to occupy the seat
. Murkowski has said that she will consider the view of a candidate for abortion rights, but that this alone would not be a litmus test for her choice.
wife. Collins and Ms. Murkowski were among a small group of moderate Republicans and Democrats who met with Mr. Trump last week to discuss the White House election. Ms. Collins said on Sunday that she could not endorse some of the names on a list of 25 highly conservative lawyers Mr. Trump said he would vote for. She said she urges the president to expand his list.
"I think the president should not feel bound to this list and instead seek recommendations to make sure he gets the best possible person," she said on ABC  Mr. Trump told reporters on Friday that he had reduced this list to about five candidates, including two women.
In an interview in Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures" aired on Sunday morning, Mr. Trump reiterated that he was warned to ask candidates for the open space about their positions to overthrow the abortion law.
"They all said, do not do that & # 39 ;," he said, referring to the advice he had given for the interview.
But the president has previously said that he would try to appoint judges who would take back the abortion rights. And the candidates on its broader list have been reviewed by the conservative Federalist Society, suggesting that at least all candidates do not support abortion rights.
He also welcomed Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, his first Supreme Court appointed representative, who sided with the conservative majority in several important, narrow-minded cases during this time.
"Honestly, if the Democrats had won the election, you would have looked very different at first – if you look at the last four decisions in the Supreme Court at 5-4, they would all have been reversed," he said. "As a president – obviously outside of war and peace – the biggest decision you can make is the election of a Supreme Court."
wife. Collins said she believed that neither Mr. Roberts nor Mr. Gorsuch, whom she had confirmed in court last year, would vote for it, Roe v. Wade to overthrow. Ms. Collins said that Mr. Gorsuch, author of a book on precedents in case law, "understands the importance of a principle in our legal system."
Accused of recent court rulings that override precedents in other cases, Ms Collins said she regards the case of abortion rights as a long-standing law that is not subject to the same revision.
The Liberals, who led the prosecution against Mr. Trump's potential selection, quickly dismissed Mrs. Collins' remarks, suggesting that the Senator was either seduced or knowingly disguising her position. They referred to court decisions only last week – when the judges set a four-decade-old precedent in Janus v. Chr. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees rushed to slap organized labor – in which they reversed earlier decisions
"This proves how ridiculous Collins's pro-roe position "Brian Fallon, a longtime Democratic activist whose organization, Demand Justice, helps organize opposition to potential candidates, wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning, referring to Mrs. Collins' comments to Mr. Gorsuch. "She is perfectly happy to be fooled by a precedent because of false assurances."
Senator Tammy Duckworth, Democrat of Illinois, said that Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Murkowski should be very skeptical of insurance, especially in the confirmation process, when nominees often refuse to speculate on possible judgments.
"Justice Gorsuch told her that he would respect precedent, and yet he voted against precedent just this week with Janus case," Ms Duckworth said, "Stand of the Union." "If anything, this President, it works Here, the elimination of precedents. "
Conservative groups and republican MPs have attempted to downplay individual cases or issues that may prove to be divisive in the confirmation process with more arguments in general that Mr. Trump has the right to be conservative Appoint justice of his choice.
Leonard Leo, a conservative attorney who advised Mr. Trump on his appointment Mr Gorsuch said earlier on Sunday that the rejection of Roe v. Wade did not play a significant part in deciding on the vacancy, adding that the case was "a major precedent in America"
"I do not believe it's Roe v. Wade at the end of the day," he said "It's about having judges in the court who interpret the Constitution as it is written, and part of the interpretation of the Constitution takes into account important precedents, and that will happen."  Mr. Trump, who spent part of his weekend at his Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey with Donald F. McGahn II, the White House lawyer, over his election for the vacancy, stressed that he would choose a judge who would be the skinny 5 of the Court maintained (19659002) "I will select someone who is outstanding," he said, adding that he had told Justice Kennedy, "I will do it in your honor."