While Cruz remarked that it was “humble” to be put on the president’s list, “it is not my heart’s desire,” he told Fox Business News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.
“I want to be in the political fight,” said Cruz. “I want to fight to nominate and approve three, four, five principle constitutional judges, but I don’t want to serve here. I want to keep fighting where I am in the US Senate.”
The comments make Cruz the second of three Conservative Republican senators on the list, which distracts the Supreme Court’s enthusiasm.
On the other hand, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, another new addition to the list, responded to the news in a tweet saying he would “always obey the call of service to our nation.”
Cotton also tweeted Wednesday, “It’s time for Roe v. Wade to go,” a reference to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision making abortion legal nationwide and a possible nod to Trump’s own anti-abortion stance. Trump, who speaks out against abortion rights and gun regulations, warned after the list was revealed that “our cherished rights are at risk, including the right to life and our big second amendment.”
The new list includes the three senators, former US attorneys general Paul Clement and Noel Francisco, as well as the judges Trump has nominated to the lower courts. Trump said the new names would be added to previous lists, which include Judges Amy Coney Barrett and Amul Thapar, who are considered front-runners if a job becomes vacant.