Republicans push for Senate vote of Supreme Court seat before election

President Trump confirms his Supreme Court nominee and says Amy Coney Barrett will be on the court before the election.
3:39 | 09/27/20

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president trump delivering on his promise to reveal his nominee, picking Amy coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett was born in 1972, a less than a year before the supreme court ruled that women have a fundamental right to abortion. A decision that has been bitterly fought over ever since. Now, Barrett, if confirmed, could be a key vote if the question reaches the court. But of course, a contentious confirmation battle is ahead in the final days of the presidential race, potentially making her nomination even more of a political battle than usual. ABC's Rachel Scott joins us now from the supreme court with more on the nomination and how it could affect the presidential race. Rachel, good morning. Reporter: Janai, good morning. We have never seen a supreme court vote this close to a presidential election and it's setting up a bitter confirmation battle. Republicans are putting forth an aggressive time line that could put the senate on track for a final confirmation vote just one week out from the election. Overnight in Pennsylvania, president trump taking the stage to chants of "Fill that seat." We have justice Gorsuch, justice Kavanagh and now we have Amy along with over 300 federal judges by the end of this term. Reporter: Just hours after he announced his third supreme court nomination, 37 days out from election day, the president pressing forward. Selecting judge Amy coney Barrett to fill the seat vacated by the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the constitution. Reporter: Barrett a former clerk for justice Antonin Scalia. Could reshape the supreme court for decades. I clerked for justice Scalia, more than 20 years ago, but the lessons I learn still resonate. His judicial philosophy is mine, too. A judge must apply the law as written. Reporter: The devout catholic has strong support among religious conservatives and anti-abortion act visits and she's already bracing for a tough fight ahead. I have no illusions that the road ahead of me will be easy. Either for the short term or the members of the United States senate, I look forward to working with you during the confirmation process. Reporter: Democrats were quick to oppose her nomination, even refusing to meet with Barrett before a confirmation hearing, calling the process illegitimate. A vote for judge Barrett is a vote to take away health care and its protections for over 130 million Americans. The issue is whether her deeply held views can be set aside to enable her to be objective and fair in making her decisions as a justice. Reporter: The president's rival Joe Biden insisting the senate should not act on this vacancy until after the American people select their next president and the next congress. But Republicans have the majority and are in lockstep with the president. Senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell saying trump could not have made a better decision with the GOP vowing to start confirmation hearings on October 12th. The first hearing is expected to take place on October 12th, president trump say S he believes there will be a final confirmation vote by election day and the stakes for each party are high, just one week after the election, the supreme court is scheduled to take up a case on the future of the affordable care act.

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