Ted Cruz Says He Plans to Filibuster Any Supreme Court Nominee Made by Obama

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said on “This Week” that he plans to filibuster any Supreme Court nominee made by President Obama to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Cruz described the Supreme Court vacancy left by Scalia as having a “profound impact” on the Republican primary that will change the contours of the presidential race. He argued voters — not a “lame-duck president” — should decide who will replace the longtime conservative judge who died Saturday.

“This is a 5-4 court — the next election needs to be a referendum on the court,” Cruz told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “People need to decide.”

President Obama said Saturday he planned to nominate a replacement for the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Cruz said he would “absolutely” filibuster before the Senate could vote on the nominee.

“This should be a decision for the people,” Cruz said. “Let the election decide. If the Democrats want to replace this nominee, they need to win the election. But I don’t think the American people want a court that will strip our religious liberties. I don’t think the American people want a court that will mandate unlimited abortions on demand, partial birth abortion with taxpayer funding and no parental notification and I don’t think the American people want a court that will write the Second Amendment out of the Constitution.”

Cruz used the Second Amendment issue to appeal to South Carolina’s veterans and jab at his fiercest rival in the state — Donald Trump.

“If Donald Trump becomes president, the Second Amendment will be written out of the Constitution because it is abundantly clear that Donald Trump is not a conservative. He will not invest the capital to confirm a conservative, so the result will be the same whether it’s Hillary [Clinton], Bernie [Sanders] or Donald Trump,” Cruz said. “The Second Amendment will go away.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, Jessica Hopper