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Justice Cruz? Texan eyed as Scalia replacement

Sen. Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz may not win the Republican Party’s nomination for president for 2016 – but his consolation prize could be a nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States, to fill deceased Justice Antonin Scalia’s shoes, if some in the political and legal worlds have their way.

But Donald Trump’s not sold on the idea.

He told the Daily Mail in an interview, while discussing specifics on how he’d unify the Republican Party: Cruz’s “temperament” may not be ideal for the job.

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“I don’t know,” he said, “I’d have to think about it. That’s a big decision. … There’s a whole question of uniting and there’s a whole question as to temperament. And I’d have to think about it.”

Trump also said, the newspaper reported: “He’s got a tough temperament for what we’re talking about. You have to be a very, very smart, rational person in my opinion, to be a justice of any kind at a high level or low. You need a proper temperament. And that would be a question that I would have.”

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Cruz graduated from both Princeton University and Harvard Law School and served as an associate deputy attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department, as well as solicitor general of Texas. Cruz was also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin and taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation, and is regarded by many, especially in the tea party movement, as one of the country’s premier voices for strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution.

His name has been tossed into the ring for consideration as Scalia’s replacement on the country’s highest court, along with Sen. Mike Lee’s. Democrats, like Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, have already gone on record opposing their nominations.

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“You know, there have been some … suggesting either Mike Lee or Ted Cruz to be on the Supreme Court when Trump’s elected,” Reid said, the Hill reported. “Try that one on. If that doesn’t scare you, there’s nothing that I could say that would scare you.”

Cruz, meanwhile, is facing a tough GOP primary fight against front-runner Trump, and by most accounts, faces a do-or-die situation heading into Tuesday’s election and winner-take-all election battle in Indiana.