US Democrats vehemently oppose President Donald Trump’s fervent desire to “move quickly” on the process.
The topic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s successor is likely to dominate the US presidential campaigns alongside other hot-button issues.
The handling of the coronavirus pandemic and America's ongoing racial reckoning are all contentious issues for both presidential candidates ahead of the November 3 election.
"I think it's going to move quickly actually," Trump told reporters outside the White House Saturday, adding that he thought his choice would be made "next week".
Addressing a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina later that day, he took an impromptu poll from the crowd, asking them to cheer for either a woman or a man to be his pick. The crowd cheered considerably louder for the former.
"That's a very accurate poll because that's the way I feel. It will be a woman. A very talented, very brilliant woman, who I haven't chosen yet — but we have numerous women on the list."
The 87-year-old Ginsburg, immensely popular among Democrats, died Friday after a long battle with cancer.