Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said 2016 should be about giving voters a choice on the future of the Supreme Court and urged the Republican Senate majority to stand firm in blocking any nominee by President Barack Obama.
“I believe we should make 2016 a referendum on the U.S. Supreme Court. If the Democrats want to jam in a liberal judicial activist to undermine the First Amendment, to undermine the Second Amendment, to take away our religious liberty, we should make that an issue with the American people,” Cruz told reporters in Seneca, South Carolina, Wednesday, ahead of Saturday’s primary in the state.
“In just a few months, the American people are going to get to vote. I cannot wait to stand on that debate stage with Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders and make the case that their vision of the Supreme Court or their vision of the Constitution is fundamentally inconsistent with the vision of the American people,” Cruz continued.
Obama vowed to nominate a replacement for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate would block any nomination.
“We should not confirm a justice nominated during an election, particularly with a lawless president who has undermined the Constitution at every step,” Cruz said. “We have an election. Let the people decide. That ought to be something folks in the press would stand for, is letting the people decide.”
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