Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said Sunday he was honored to be included on President Trump’s shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees, but that serving as a justice is “not the desire of my heart.”
Does he want the job? “You know, I don’t,” Mr. Cruz told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo.
“It’s deeply honoring. It’s humbling to be included in the list. I’m grateful that the president has that confidence in me, but it’s not the desire of my heart,” said Mr. Cruz. “I want to be in the political fight. I want to be fighting to nominate and confirm three, four, five principled constitutionalist justices.”
Mr. Trump released Wednesday a list of conservatives he would consider to fill vacancies on the high court during a second term, which included Mr. Cruz as well as Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Josh Hawley of Missouri.
While Mr. Cruz boasts impeccable legal credentials—he earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School