There is much speculation in Washington that Ruth Bader Ginsburg will retire from the Supreme Court after the 2020 election.
Donald Trump already put in his list of possible replacements.
But President Trump just got turned down by his top choice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Donald Trump won the 2016 election in large part because he released a list of conservative justices that he promised to pick Antonin Scalia’s replacement from.
This move finally convinced millions of skeptical conservatives that Trump was not some New York City liberal and would fight for their values of life, family and religious liberty as President.
Voters that listed the Supreme Court as their number one issue broke overwhelmingly for Trump over Hillary Clinton.
The President wanted to repeat that success by releasing a list of 20 additional Supreme Court nominees to his original list.
One name that stood out to many conservatives as the top choice on the new list was Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Few conservatives believe Cruz would drift left on the court or “grow” into the position like left-wing Chief Justice John Roberts did.
Conservatives knew they could count on a potential Justice Cruz to reject all gun control, vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and defend religious liberty.
But in an interview on “Fox News Sunday Futures” Cruz told host Maria Bartiromo that he had no interest in serving on the Supreme Court.
“It is deeply honoring,” Cruz told Bartiromo. “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,” Cruz added. “I want to be in the political fight. I want to be fighting to nominate and confirm three, four, five principled constitutionalist justices.”
“I want to stay fighting right where I am in the U.S. Senate,” Cruz concluded.
Cruz was not the only Senator on the list that declined to be considered for the Supreme Court.
Missouri conservative Josh Hawley also thanked President Trump for his consideration, but took himself out of the running to sit on the Supreme Court.
“I appreciate the President’s confidence in listing me as a potential Supreme Court nominee. But as I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court. I look forward to confirming constitutional conservatives,” Hawley tweeted.
Both Cruz and Hawley are considered top-tier 2024 Presidential candidates.
Cruz is running to lead the GOP in the image of a tea party conservative while Hawley is offering to lead the GOP in the pro-Trump populist conservative direction.
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