(ConservativeUnit.com)- Last week, President Donald Trump added 20 names to his ongoing list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court, three of which are current sitting Senators.
Over the weekend, two of those Senators said they wouldn’t want the job, preferring instead to remain in the legislative branch.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz said it was “humbling” that he was included on Trump’s list, but “it’s not the desire of my heart.” As he explained:
“I want to be in the political fight. I want to be fighting to nominate and confirm three, four, five principled constitutionalist justices, but that’s not where I want to serve. I want to stay fighting right where I am in the U.S. Senate.”
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley had a similar reaction to being included on Trump’s list. He tweeted last week that:
“As I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court. I look forward to confirming constitutional conservatives.”
The third Senator to be added to the list, Tom Cotton from Arkansas, had a different reaction. He tweeted that he “will always heed the call of service to our nation,” apparently saying he would accept the job if Trump ultimately decided to nominate him for an opening.
Cotton has continuously taken hardline conservative stances against abortion and for Second Amendment rights, which may make him a welcomed addition to the Supreme Court by Republicans’ standards.
Before his time in government, Cotton graduated from Harvard Law School. He served as a clerk for Judge Jerry Edwin Smith with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
While there are no current openings on the Supreme Court, it’s projected that at least one will open up under the term of the next president.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been battling health issues and is 87 years old. Stephen Breyer is 82 years old, and Clarence Thomas is 72 years old.
Many political pundits have surmised that Trump’s recent list of potential Supreme Court nominees was released to pay respect to some of his biggest allies in the Senate. As the General Election is fast approaching, the list also can serve to assure conservatives that Trump will work hard to advance social conservative viewpoints if given the choice. This comes as the Supreme Court surprisingly went liberal in decisions that favored LGBT rights and abortion recently.
Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, explained to the Washington Free Beacon:
“The list does a lot of things politically. There are many nods to swing state candidates. There are several who seem aimed at the evangelical vote. And there’s a substantial sprinkling of Trump’s own backpatting — he has listed many of his appointees on the appeals courts.”
An as Heritage Foundation scholar John Malcolm said:
“There appears to have been a bit more of an emphasis on people who are recognized within the conservative legal movement as being social conservatives.”