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Cruz says he does not want SCOTUS job

September 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Days after Sen. Ted Cruz was included on President Donald Trump's new list of potential Supreme Court nominees, the Texas Republican says that he does not want the job.

(CNN)Days after Sen. Ted Cruz was included on President Donald Trump's new list of potential Supreme Court nominees, the Texas Republican says that he does not want the job.

While Cruz noted that it is "humbling" to be included on the President's list, "it's not the desire of my heart," he told Fox Business News' Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.

I want to stay fighting right where I am in the US Senate. "

The comments make Cruz the second of the three conservative Republican senators on the list to deflect the high court buzz.

Sen. Josh Hawley, the junior senator from Missouri, tweeted Wednesday that although he appreciates the President's confidence in him, "as I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court.

On the other hand, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, another new addition to the list, responded to the news in a tweet saying he "will always heed the call of service to our nation. "

Trump, who opposes abortion rights and gun regulations, warned after the list's unveiling that "our cherished rights are at risk including the right to life and our great Second Amendment. "

The new list includes the three senators, former US solicitors general Paul Clement and Noel Francisco, and judges Trump has nominated to the lower courts.

Trump said the new names would be added to previous lists that include Judges Amy Coney Barrett and Amul Thapar, who are considered frontrunners should a vacancy arise.

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