Dems want to focus high court fight on abortion, health care

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WASHINGTON (AP) Democrats bracing for battle over the Supreme Court vacancy want to find a way to block President Donald Trump's pick. But they'll need to decide how to satisfy liberal activists' desire for an all-out fight against the selection while protecting Democratic senators facing tight re-election races in deeply red states.

The party's formula: It wants to cast itself as defending the right to abortion and the 2010 health care law against a president itching to use the court to snatch both away.

The goal is to make it as uncomfortable as possible for a pair of moderate, pivotal Republican senators to back the selection. Without a GOP defection, it's game over.

Focusing on protecting health care also offers a popular argument for Democrats facing tight re-elections to vote "no."

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