Cruz: GOP should do ‘whatever it takes’ to confirm Trump Supreme Court pick

Cruz: GOP should do ‘whatever it takes’ to confirm Trump Supreme Court pick

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz endorses GOP candidate for Senate in New Hampshire Missouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan MORE (R-Texas) said Republicans should fight to get President Trump's coming Supreme Court nominee confirmed by any means necessary. 

Trump has said he will be announcing his choice to fill the late Antonin Scalia's seat on the bench next week. 

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Republicans will need at least eight Democrats to support Trump's nominee to overcome the 60-vote filibuster hurdle. But Cruz suggested the GOP shouldn't rule out the so-called nuclear option to reduce the threshold to a majority. The move would be a gamble, setting a precedent that could weaken the GOP's position if Democrats come back into power. 

“I think we should do whatever it takes to get him confirmed," the former presidential candidate said on Fox News's "Hannity" Tuesday night. 

Cruz also praised Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes On The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE (R-Ky.) for the position he has taken as Democrats threaten to block a Trump nominee. 

"He’s encouraged all of us to go out and simply say we will confirm President Trump's nominees; the Democrats will not succeed in filibustering those nominees. I think thats fabulous. I agree with him," Cruz said. 

When pressed about whether Republicans would employ the nuclear option this week, McConnell simply said: "The nominee will be confirmed."

In 2013, Democrats, who at the time held the majority in the Senate, triggered the nuclear option in order to confirm several of President Obama's nominees. The move did not apply to the Supreme Court.

New Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) said recently he regrets Democrats' 2013 decision, which is now easing the confirmation of President Trump's Cabinet nominees. 

Trump's shortlist for the Supreme Court is said to include Judge William Pryor of Alabama, Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado and Judge Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania.