Trump Begins Influence Campaign On Critical Senators In Supreme Court Vote

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 22: A bipartisan group of Senators hold a new conference in the Capitol after they voted to end debate on a continuing resolution to reopen the government on January 22, 2018. Appearing are, from left, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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President Donald Trump is wasting no time in his campaign to win over moderate senators to vote for his ultimate Supreme Court pick.

On Thursday night, he rounded up the lawmakers most likely to swing in a private meeting, per Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are all defending seats in states that Trump won in 2016, forcing them into a careful tightrope walk to appease Independents and moderate Republicans without alienating their liberal base. All three of them voted to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Per CBS News, Donnelly said that they had a “good conversation” with Trump, while Manchin called the meeting “productive.”

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are already feeling pressure from both sides about their vote, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has said that he’s counting on Trump choosing someone with “credentials” and “intellect.”

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