Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is signaling that President Trump should avoid picking a Supreme Court nominee that is openly pushing to overturn Roe v. Wade, instead encouraging him to choose a “centrist.”
“All of that stuff is red flags for all Americans. And I think he needs to get a jurist basically looking at the law. The Roe v. Wade has been the law for forty-some years,” Manchin told a West Virginia radio station on Friday when asked if he wanted a jurist who would overturn the 1973 Supreme Court case that established the right to an abortion.
Instead, Manchin said Trump should pick a “centrist” to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement this week. Manchin warned that it would be harder to get a nominee who wanted to overhaul the landmark decision confirmed by the Senate.
“You give me a constitutionalist, who believes in the rule of law and is centrist and moderate. … I think it’s somebody that will go along way and be received well,” Manchin said.
Pressed if getting a justice that would help overturn the case wasn’t a priority, Manchin added that he was “pro-life” but added that abortion is a divisive issue.
“I’m pro-life. But I know how that divides our country immediately and divides everyone. They’re split right down the middle on that. If he picks somebody that’s hardcore on Roe v Wade or that hardcore on repealing health care, that’s a bigger lift. That’s going to be harder person on either side. He has to make that…