Despite Being on Trump SCOTUS List, Ted Cruz Would Rather Fight in the Senate
On Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo to discuss his new book on the Supreme Court, titled “One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History.”
Towards the end of the segment, Bartiromo asked Cruz the inevitable question of whether he would accept a Supreme Court nomination if President Trump were to offer it to him, since Cruz was included on the list of justices Trump would consider appointing should the court have another opening during Trump’s presidency.
Cruz answered that he would not:
“It is deeply honoring. It’s humbling to be included in the list. I’m grateful that the president has that confidence in me. But it’s not the desire of my heart. I want to be in the political fight. I want to be fighting to nominate and confirm three, four, five principled, constitutionalist justices. But that’s not where I want to serve. I want to stay fighting right where I am in the U.S. Senate.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Cruz is obviously qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, saying that Cruz clerked for former Chief Justice William Rehnquist after law school, and then continued to litigate several cases before the Supreme Court. Cruz was also one of the attorneys who worked on the Bush v. Gore case in 2000.
Cruz turning a potential appointment down is quite disappointing, as he would be an incredible justice. But it is comforting to know that even though he would not accept, Trump’s remaining list is still exceptional.