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."
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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Cruz has also been floated as a potential vice presidential candidate after presumptive GOP nominee