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Cruz says he wouldn't accept Supreme Court nomination

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington on high alert as QAnon theory marks March 4 The Memo: Is Trump mounting a comeback — or finally fading? MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that he wouldn’t accept a Supreme Court nomination after President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE included his name on a list of potential nominees. 

The Texas senator told Fox News's “Sunday Morning Futures” that he would not be interested in joining the Supreme Court as a Trump nominee.

“It is deeply honoring,” he told Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoBBC apologizes for interview with fake Cory Booker Gaetz suggests DeSantis could run for president in 2024 if Trump is out of the picture Bartiromo, Pirro, Dobbs file to dismiss Smartmatic lawsuits MORE when she asked if he wanted the job. “It's humbling to be included in the list. I'm grateful that the president has that confidence in me.”

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“But it's not the desire of my heart,” he added. “I want to be in the political fight. I want to be fighting to nominate and confirm three, four, five principled constitutionalist justices.

“I want to stay fighting right where I am in the U.S. Senate,” Cruz continued. 

Trump last week released a list of 20 potential Supreme Court nominees that included two other GOP senators, Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks National Sheriffs' Association backs Biden pick for key DOJ role The Memo: Is Trump mounting a comeback — or finally fading? MORE (R-Ark.) and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks The Memo: Is Trump mounting a comeback — or finally fading? House plans for immigration bills add uncertainty on Biden proposal MORE (R-Mo.). 

After his name was announced, Cotton tweeted that it is “time for Roe v. Wade to go.” Hawley, meanwhile, said he had “no interest” in serving on the highest court in the U.S. 

Trump’s list also included Noel Francisco, the former solicitor general. 

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The White House released the list in hopes of garnering enthusiasm for the 2020 presidential election and the push for more conservative judges as Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE leads in national polls. 

Trump won support from conservative voters when he issued a similar list of potential Supreme Court nominees in May 2016. The president has nominated two justices to the Supreme Court — Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchSupreme Court faces landmark challenge on voting rights Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits The Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughJustices hear sparring over scope of safeguards for minority voters Supreme Court faces landmark challenge on voting rights Will 'Cover-up Cuomo' be marching to 'Jail to the Chief'? MORE — and could get the opportunity to nominate another, especially if he wins a second term.

The Republican Senate confirmed Trump's 200th overall judicial appointee in June.