Cruz described the Supreme Court vacancy left by Scalia as having a “profound impact” on the Republican primary that will change the contours of the presidential race. He argued voters — not a “lame-duck president” — should decide who will replace the longtime conservative judge who died Saturday.
“This is a 5-4 court — the next election needs to be a referendum on the court,” Cruz told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “People need to decide.”
President Obama said Saturday he planned to nominate a replacement for the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Cruz said he would “absolutely” filibuster before the Senate could vote on the nominee.
“This should be a decision for the people,” Cruz said. “Let the election decide. If the Democrats want to replace this nominee, they need to win the election. But I don’t think the American people want a court that will strip our religious liberties. I don’t think the American people want a court that will mandate unlimited abortions on demand, partial birth abortion with taxpayer funding and no parental notification and I don’t think the American people want a court that will write the Second Amendment out of the Constitution.”
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