Ted Cruz not interested in Supreme Court seat

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Ted Cruz not interested in Supreme Court seat

During his first week back on the Hill, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said he has no interest in becoming a Supreme Court justice -- now or in the future.

Some top Republicans had suggested Cruz as a possible option to fill Antonin Scalia's vacant seat were the party to win back the White House in November, but in an interview with Texas radio station WBAP on Friday Cruz said "That is not a desire of my heart."

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Cruz told the station he "has had several opportunities in the past to go to the bench, and I certainly deeply respect the job that the justices do."

He added, "I am committed to the fight of ensuring that we have strong, principled constitutionalists on the court. But I believe that I can do a great more good fighting across the political spectrum."

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 03: People wait for the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during his election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cruz is hoping to become the Republican party's presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 03: People look at a television news broadcast showing Republican presidential candidate Donald Tump is leading the election vote tally against Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during Cruz's election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cruz is hoping to become the Republican party's presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 03: People look at a television news broadcast showing Republican presidential candidate Donald Tump is leading the election vote tally against Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during Cruz's election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cruz is hoping to become the Republican party's presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 03: People wait for the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during his election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cruz is hoping to become the Republican party's presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 03: People wait for the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during his election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cruz is hoping to become the Republican party's presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Attendees applaud during an event for Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, not pictured, at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S., on Monday, May 2, 2016. Even as his campaign struggles for survival, Cruz dominated weekend delegate selection contests that he and other Republicans hope could block Donald Trump from winning the party's nomination at their national convention. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 03: People wait for the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during his election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cruz is hoping to become the Republican party's presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 03: People look at a television news broadcast as they wait for the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during his election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cruz is hoping to become the Republican party's presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 03: People wait for the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during his election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cruz is hoping to become the Republican party's presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Supporters for Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, react after the Indiana primary was called for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Cruz has also been floated as a potential vice presidential candidate after presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump said it was "something we can think about." The former 2016 contender shot that idea down though, saying, "it ain't gonna happen."

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