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 Cruz Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate 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 McConnellOn The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act House Dem cites transgender grandson in voting for Equality Act 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 SchumerGetting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults 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.