(AL.com) — Alabama's Democratic Senator Doug Jones said he is open to considering President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, echoing similar views held by other red-state Democratic senators.
"I'm open to voting 'Yes,'" Jones said during an interview Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" program. "I'm open to voting 'No.' I don't think my role is to be a rubber stamp for the president, but it's not an automatic knee-jerk 'No,' either."
A handful of Democratic senators from right-leaning states - notably Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - are facing fierce competition this year to retain their seats.
Most of those senators are also expressing a similar wait-and-see approach toward the nominee.
Pres. Trump is expected to announce his nominee in a press conference Monday evening. Once the nominee is named, a likely showdown is expected in the Senate between Democrats and Republicans over the future direction of the nation's high court.