Judge Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed as President Donald Trump's first Supreme Court nominee "one way or the other," because Democrats seeking re-election in 2018 will be looking out for their own interests, not party leaders' demands, Sen. John Cornyn said Wednesday.
"I think our new president would be eager to go to the states he carried in the election on Nov. 8, where these Democrats are running for re-election in 2018, and make the case," the Texas Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.
"I think he can use his powers of persuasion and his popularity in those states to help us get those 60 votes."
Cornyn explained that 10 Democrats seeking re-election are from states Trump carried to his White House victory, and he believes those people will look out for themselves.
"If the more liberal wing of the party will tell these people to vote to block President Trump's outstanding pick for the Supreme Court, they're going to have to pay a political price," he said.
"I'm sure they're calculating just how much they want to go with their leadership, or how much they want to go with this outstanding pick and their voters in their state."
Trump on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deploy the "nuclear option" and change the rules of the Senate if necessary to confirm Gorsuch.
McConnell has not said if he'll take that option if Democrats block the confirmation, but Cornyn said Wednesday that either way, he believes there will be Democrats willing to confirm the Colorado judge.
"I think, perhaps, they'll provide those 60 votes along with Republicans to confirm this good, and really outstanding, nominee," Cornyn said.
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