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Arizona senator doesn’t believe Democrats will block Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

PHOENIX — An Arizona senator said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe the Democrats will make moves to block Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick.

“If I had to guess, I would say the Democrats will take the wiser choice and not try to block Judge Gorsuch,” U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said on a call with media. “He’s very popular and it would be difficult to do so.”

Flake spoke with media after meeting with Gorsuch in Washington, D.C. Flake said, while he supported the pick outright, he felt even better about it after meeting the judge.

“He has a temperament that is useful for a judge in his position,” he said. “I think the Democrats are going to have a hard time turning him down or blocking his ascension to the court.”

Flake praised several of Gorsuch’s opinions — such as those on assisted suicide — as proof of his temperance and reasoning.

“It’s tough, when you look at his opinions, to find one you can really motivate people to oppose him on,” Flake said. “He’s a mainstream pick and he’s a good one.”

While Flake isn’t expecting a fight over Gorsuch, he said he can envision the Democrats doing everything to block another Trump pick, should a seat open up.

“The next pick could very well shift the balance considerably, and so that’s likely a much bigger fight in the Senate than this pick,” he said. “I do believe the stake will be considerably higher next time.”

KTAR’s Martha Maurer contributed to this report.

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