If Sen. Ted Cruz gets his way there’s no chance that President Barack Obama will be able to fill the Supreme Court vacancy opened up by the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
‘Absolutely,’ Cruz replied when asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on This Week if the Texas senator planned to filibuster an Obama nominee.
‘This should be a decision for the people George,’ Cruz continued. ‘We’ve got an election. And, you know Democrats – I cannot wait to stand on that stage with Hillary Clinton or with Bernie Sanders and take the case to the people, what vision of the Supreme Court do you want?’
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Ted Cruz said he’d ‘absolutely’ filibuster anyone President Obama nominated for the Supreme Court because the next president should get to pick who takes over for the late Antonin Scalia
ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos said that voters would expect President Obama to get to pick the next associate justice, but Ted Cruz said that Republicans taking over the Senate in 2014 would suggest otherwise
Cruz, like a majority of his Republican peers in both the Senate and the race for the White House, want the Senate to drag out any sort of nomination vote to increase the chances that Republicans might once again hold the presidency and replace the conservative Scalia with another conservative.
‘Let the election decide it,’ Cruz said. ‘If the Democrats want to replace this nominee, they need to win the election.’
Cruz then explained what he believed to be at stake.
‘But you know what, I don’t think the American people want a Court that will strip our religious liberties. I don’t think the American people want a court that will mandate unlimited abortion on demand, partial birth abortion with taxpayer funding and no parental notification,’ Cruz said. ‘And I don’t think the American people want a court that will write the Second Amendment out of the Constitution.’
Stephanopoulos acknowledged that elections have consequences, but suggested, then, that President Obama’s re-election in 2012 would mean that the American people would expect the sitting Democratic president to pick the next justice.
‘They did, but, but that, that was three years ago,’ Cruz explained. ‘The people also gave us a Republican Senate this last election because they were fed up with Barack Obama’s lawlessness.’
Cruz suggested that Scalia’s passing changed ‘the entire contours of this race.’
‘The time for the circus and reality show is over,’ Cruz said. ‘This is a serious choice and we are talking about losing our basic liberty if we get this wrong.’
Cruz used his remaining time on the Sunday show to aim his ire at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, who won the New Hampshire primary after Cruz beat the billionaire in the Iowa caucuses.
Cruz suggested that Trump’s political donations to Democrats in previous election cycles proved that he wouldn’t appoint a justice that conservatives would approve of.
Ted Cruz (left) also blasted Donald Trump (right) on ABC’s This Week saying that his donations to Democrats in the past show he’s not serious about Supreme Court nominations
‘Now, let me tell you, George, anyone that writes checks to Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid and Jimmy Carter and Hillary Clinton does not care about conservative justices on the court,’ said Cruz, who clerked for the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist in the mid-90s.
Trump has excused away donations to Democrats by suggesting that, as a New York City businessman, he was merely trying to play the game and buy some politicians.
Cruz also suggested, particularly calling out to ‘South Carolina veterans,’ name-dropping the next state to vote in the Republican primaries, that Trump’s Supreme Court pick would get rid of their guns.
‘And if Donald Trump becomes president, the Second Amendment will be written out of the Constitution because it is abundantly clear that Donald Trump is not a conservative,’ Cruz said.
Trump was on with Stephanopoulos directly after Cruz and was able to respond to the Texas senator saying the New York businessman was ‘part of the fevered swamps of the Left.’
Trump went with his usual lines of attack.
‘He stands on the Senate floor, he’s got no support from one senator,’ Trump told the ABC host. ‘You look at his colleagues, he has absolutely no endorsements. He has no support. He’s a lone wolf and he’s going to get nothing done. He’s not a leader.’
‘Never employed anybody, never created a job,’ Trump went on. ‘This is the wrong guy, I will tell you. And he’s a nasty guy, no matter how you figure it.
‘He’s a nasty guy.’