Collins: I'm going to have 'in-depth' talk with SCOTUS pick about Roe v. Wade

Collins: I'm going to have 'in-depth' talk with SCOTUS pick about Roe v. Wade
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBusiness, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Maine) said Sunday that she would have an "in-depth" discussion with any judge President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE nominates to become a Supreme Court justice.

Collins said on ABC's "This Week" that she would discuss abortion rights with the nominee to ensure that Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide, remains in place.

"I’m going to have an in-depth discussion with the nominee and I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law, as it has been described by Chief Justice Roberts," Collins said. "It has been established as a constitutional right for 46 years — 45 years, and was reaffirmed 26 years ago."

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Collins, who will be a key swing vote in the nominee's upcoming confirmation process, said on Sunday that she was looking for a Supreme Court pick who would "demonstrate a respect for precedent."

"A nominee position, whether or not they respect precedent, will tell me a lot about whether or not they would overturn Roe v. Wade," she said. "A candidate of this import position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me, because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have."

The GOP senator's remarks come days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would retire at the end of July, giving Trump his second opportunity to nominate a right-leaning justice to the bench.

Kennedy often served as the swing vote on key Supreme Court cases. His replacement will likely reshape the high court for decades to come.

Trump said he intends to name a nominee on July 9 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGreen New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault MORE (R-Ky.) has said the Senate will vote on his pick this fall.