Cruz uses the dirtiest possible word against Trump: "liberals" https://t.co/Vfd8R3wloA— Mashable News (@MashableNews) February 14, 2016
Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions Advocates see pilot program to address inequalities from highways as crucial first step Ted Cruz ribs Newsom over vacation in Mexico: 'Cancun is much nicer than Cabo' MORE attacked rival Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE's conservative bona fides during the GOP presidential debate Saturday night, arguing that the real estate mogul would appoint a liberal to the Supreme Court if he were elected president.
Cruz and Trump sparred intensely more than halfway through the debate in South Carolina, with the Texas senator going after the businessman's past positions on partial-birth abortion and gun control.
"If Donald Trump is president, he will appoint liberals," Cruz stated, trying to speak over the businessman, who repeatedly attempted to interrupt as the crowd grew louder in the debate hall.
Cruz added that under Trump, "your Second Amendment will go away."
Trump shot back that Cruz "wanted John Roberts on the Supreme Court," noting that the chief justice twice voted in favor of upholding President Obama's namesake healthcare law, which is unpopular on the right.
"I did not nominate John Roberts, I would not nominate John Roberts," Cruz retorted before suggesting that Trump was acting childish by interrupting him.
Cruz said Trump would appoint liberal justices "because his entire life he supported liberals from Jimmy Carter to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble MORE to John KerryJohn KerryEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Storms a growing danger for East Coast Israel, Jordan, UAE sign pivotal deal to swap solar energy, desalinated water GOP seeks oversight hearing with Kerry on climate diplomacy MORE."
The Supreme Court was thrust into the center of the presidential debate on Saturday after Justice Antonin Scalia died in Texas at the age of 79.