Cruz: Next President Should Nominate Scalia Replacement

| by Sean Kelly
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of TexasRepublican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas wrote an opinion editorial for The Wall Street Journal, saying he believes the American people should vote in November to decide which president will nominate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement.

"I will oppose any attempt by the Democrats to deny the American people their say," Cruz wrote, reports Washington Examiner. "There should be no hearing on any nomination that President [Barack] Obama makes, and if any confirmation vote is attempted, I will filibuster it."

Cruz is one of many Republicans who have vowed to block anyone Obama nominates for the Supreme Court. Instead, Cruz believes the next president should decide the nominee.

"President Obama and Democrats favor justices who see the Constitution as a potter sees clay -- something that can be molded to achieve their desired result," Cruz wrote.

"Do the American people want a justice who adheres to the unchanging text, history and structure of the Constitution, or do they want a justice who thinks the Constitution should evolve with the personal beliefs of unelected lawyers? Voters deserve the opportunity to speak on this subject through the next president."

The nomination process for Scalia's replacement has gone virtually nowhere, even after a recent meeting between Obama and Senate Democrats and Republicans. After the meeting, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky doubled down on his refusal to consider an Obama nominee.

"We're perfectly prepared to take our argument to the American people," McConnell told reporters. "If the shoe were on the other foot, do any of you think the Democrat majority in the Senate would be confirming a Republican president's nomination in the last year of his term? Of course not. This is going to be decided by the American people, and the next president, whoever that may be, will fill this vacancy."

Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada confirmed that Republicans were "adamant" about rejecting an Obama nominee.

"They said, 'No, we are not going to do this at all,'" Reid said. He reiterated that Democrats were determined to push forward.

"We are going to continue beating the drums. All we want them to do is fulfill their constitutional duty and do their job. At this phase they have decided not to do that. They think they are going to wait and see what President Trump will do, I guess as far as the nomination is concerned," he said.

Sources: Washington Examiner, CBS News / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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