Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News this week that he believes Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate before Election Day.
While discussing the release of his new book, One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History, Cruz said that Barrett — President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the high court — is highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and that Democrats will not be able to prevent her confirmation no matter how much they attack her.
Cruz is on the Judiciary Committee in the Senate, and has argued before the Supreme Court nine times and participated in writing more than 80 briefs in Supreme Court cases, Breitbart notes. He also clerked for William Rehnquist during his tenure as a Supreme Court justice.
“So, I think Judge Barrett is a very strong nominee, I think President Trump made a good choice here,” Cruz said in his interview with Breitbart.
“She was No. 1”
According to Breitbart, Cruz said that he spoke to Barrett for about 45 minutes on Wednesday and had a positive experience. “I thought she was very impressive; her credentials are impeccable,” he told the outlet.
“She was No. 1 in her class at Notre Dame law school, she was a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, she has been a law professor at Notre Dame for 20 years, and she is one of the most respected federal appellate judges in the country,” Cruz added. “And, on top of all of that, she is also a mom with seven kids, which I can’t even imagine the latter one, much less doing everything else she’s managed to do altogether.”
Barrett said in a recent Moms.com interview that her husband pitches in with childcare, appointments, and other parenting duties, and that her husband’s aunt has provided childcare to the family for years.
“What impressed me the most”
But according to Cruz, Barrett’s temperament is even more impressive than her judicial and familial accomplishments.
“You know, I have to say when we sat down, and she visited yesterday, what impressed me the most was her demeanor, was the calm, the peacefulness; she brings a judicial temperament and an academic and a scholarly approach,” Cruz told Breitbart this week.
He concluded: “I think she’s going to do very, very well at the confirmation hearings, and I’m confident that we will have the votes and that we’ll confirm by the end of the month before Election Day.”
When Cruz sat for his interview with Breitbart, the news had not yet broken that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had both tested positive for the coronavirus following a positive test by one of the president’s very close aides, Hope Hicks.
It’s all but certain that Democrats will try to use this news in any way they can to delay the confirmation hearings, but only time will tell if Senate Republicans take the bait.