PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Republican lawmakers on Thursday that President Donald Trump would keep his promise to nominate a "strict constructionist" to the Supreme Court.
Trump has said he will announce his nomination to the top U.S. court next week.
"Strict construction" is a manner of interpreting the U.S. Constitution using a literal and narrow definition of language in the document without regard to changes that have occurred in American society since the 18th century document was written.
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Pence told lawmakers he hoped they would move quickly to confirm the Supreme Court nominee once a name is released.
"President Trump has been reviewing that list" of potential nominees, he said. "I can already tip you off: President Trump's going to keep his promise to the American people and he's going to nominate a strict constructionist to the Supreme Court," Pence said to applause.
The nominee would possess a top-notch legal mind, he added.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by G Crosse and Peter Cooney)