Alabama Dem vows 'independent judgment' on Trump Supreme Court pick

Alabama Dem vows 'independent judgment' on Trump Supreme Court pick
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Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) said Sunday that he is still mulling whether he will vote to confirm President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE's Supreme Court nominee.

"I think that I’ve got to look at this nominee," Jones said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I'm going to make an independent judgement. That’s my job."

Pressed on whether the red-state Democrat would vote to confirm Trump's nominee, Jones said it was improper to make an assumption on how he would vote based on his state's politics.

"I don’t think anyone should expect me to simply vote yes for this nominee just simply because my state may be more conservative than others," he said. "I think even the people of Alabama like to make sure they have judges that adhere to the rule of law."

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Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (R-Ky.) has called on the chamber to hold a vote on Trump's nominee before the midterm elections in November.

A vote on Trump's pick would likely put red-state Democrats in a tough position — voting against the nominee could isolate more moderate voters and cost them their seats in November, but voting to confirm the nominee could weaken their support among Democrats.

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (R-S.C.) predicted that Democrats from states that Trump won in the 2016 election will face "a very hard decision" on the president's Supreme Court pick, urging Republicans to rally behind the eventual nominee. 

And in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks 91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill Bipartisan senators press FBI, inspector general for changes following Nassar case MORE (D-Ill.) declined to say whether every Democrat in the chamber would oppose Trump's nominee, because the pick has not yet been announced.

He also disputed the notion that Senate Democrats would vote on the nominee with their reelection bids in mind.