Cruz Schools Stephanopoulos On Why 2016 SCOTUS Decision Is Different Than Now


Sen. Ted Cruz is calling on the Senate to vote on a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the November election.

“29 times there has been a vacancy in a presidential election year. Now, presidents have made nominations all 29 times. That’s what presidents do. If there’s a vacancy, they make a nomination”

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He told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that the nation cannot afford to have a short-handed high court with a possible contested presidential election just 44 days away.

“In this instance, the American people voted. They elected Donald Trump. A big part of the reason they elected Donald Trump is because of the Scalia vacancy and they wanted principle constitutionalists on the court,” Cruz said Sunday. “And so the president was elected to do this and the Senate was elected to confirm this nomination.”

“Sen. McConnell seems to have not made up his mind on whether that’s best for your majority. You’re pushing him here, right?” Stephanopoulos asked.

Cruz responded by bringing up President Jimmy Carter’s nomination of Stephen Breyer to an appellate judgeship after Carter lost the election in 1980 to Ronald Reagan.

“You know what the Democratic Senate did? By the way, the voters had just thrown the Democratic Senate out and said we’re going to have a Republican Senate. The Democratic Senate took it up in December and confirmed it in the lame-duck,” Cruz said of Breyer’s nomination.

Breyer was later appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton.

“There’s a long history here, and everybody knows if the president were Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton, and Chuck Schumer was the majority leader, the odds are 100%” that they would put a nominee to a vote, he said.

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