Cruz and Hawley say they have no interest in joining Supreme Court
When President Donald Trump released his new list of potential Supreme Court nominees, it contained the names of three current U.S. senators. At least two of the three have now said thanks but no thanks.
Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Josh Hawley of Missouri all made Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist. Cruz and Hawley both say they’d rather remain in the Senate.
“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.
On Sunday, Cruz joined Hawley in saying that he does not want a new job. He said it was humbling to be listed but that it’s not the direction he wants to go.
“It’s not the desire of my heart,” Cruz told Fox News. “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 US Senate.”
Cotton has seemed much more open to joining the Supreme Court. The Arkansas Republican tweeted that he will always heed the call of service to our nation.
“I’m honored that President Trump asked me to consider serving on the Supreme Court and I’m grateful for his confidence. I will always heed the call of service to our nation,” Cotton tweeted.
Cotton went on to explain the type of justices he felt the Supreme Court needed more of.
“The Supreme Court could use some more justices who understand the difference between applying the law and making the law, which the Court does when it invents a right to an abortion, infringes on religious freedom, and erodes the Second Amendment,” said Cotton.
In addition to the three senators, the new list includes former U.S. solicitors general Paul Clement and Noel Francisco and judges Trump has nominated to the lower courts. Trump said the new names are in addition to the previous list he released which included Judges Amy Coney Barrett and Amul Thapar.