Supreme Court Justice ... Ted Cruz?
In an interview with Mark Levin on LevinTV Tuesday, Texas Senator (and former presidential candidate) Ted Cruz would not deny being asked by the Trump administration if he was interested in serving on the Supreme Court.
"Did they ever ask you if you are interested?" Levin asked in the video, produced by CRTV. "You know, we had conversations about a lot of things, including the court, I like being in the political arena," Cruz replied. To this, Levin repeated, "You were asked, weren't you?"
On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump announced that he would reveal his Supreme Court nominee next Thursday.
Cruz, as Trump's last (and strongest) competition in the Republican primary, might seem an odd decision, but he has a very strong legal background. He clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and served as solicitor general of Texas, arguing many cases before the Supreme Court. He was both the longest-serving solicitor general in Texas history, and the first Hispanic to take the job.
Cruz is also a stalwart conservative with excellent ideas for the Supreme Court. In his brief explanation of what he's looking for in a justice, the senator told Levin he would prefer someone "who will follow the Constitution, who will protect free speech, protect religious liberty, protect our right to keep and bear arms." He has been a firm advocate for an originalist reading of the Constitution, which means he doesn't buy the "living Constitution" activism of many judicial liberals.
The Texas senator gained his name fighting Obamacare on the floor of the Senate, and led the charge against President Obama's disastrous Iran deal. He has been a consistent leading voice on many issues, and a true believer in returning to a government limited by the Constitution.
Nevertheless, when asked about whom Trump might pick, Cruz demurred. "He said it's going to be from his list of 21, it's a strong list," the Texas senator said.
"Have they contacted you, or any colleagues yet about who they might...?" Levin asked.
"I don't know who he's going to nominate," Cruz explained.
Nevertheless, Levin pressed him, and Cruz finally gave an answer on whether he would like to be on the Supreme Court.