Though he expressed reverence for the institution, Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told The Hill Wednesday that he is not looking to become the next Supreme Court pick.
“As important as the court is, and I think it’s incredibly important, a principled federal judge stays out of political and policy fights, doesn’t engage, simply follows the law. If I were ever a judge, that’s what I’d do. I don’t want to stay out of political and policy fights. I want to be right in the middle of them. The Senate is the battleground for just about every big policy fight we’ve got right now,” Cruz said.
Cruz, who has a long history with the court, said he would rather be involved in appointing judges.
“I’d like to be part of confirming two, three, four, five strong constitutionalist judges to the court, but personally speaking, I don’t have any desire to be one of them.”
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly transcribed Ted Cruz’s quote as “If I were ever a judge, that’s what I do” rather than “that’s what I’d do.” It has been corrected.