Ted Cruz threatening to filibuster Obama’s justice nominations

Senator Ted Cruz on Sunday announced during an interview ABC’s This Week that he will filibuster any Supreme Court nominee made by President Obama to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, saying “this should be a decision for the people.” On Saturday, Obama said he plans “to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time,” pressing the Senate to “fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote.” “The Senate’s duty is to advise and consent,” Cruz said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday. “We’re advising that a lame-duck president in an election year is not going to be able to tip the balance of the Supreme Court.”

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. 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.

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