President Donald Trump just announced that he’s added 20 names to his list of potential nominees to consider if a vacancy opens up the Supreme Court bench.
According to Breitbart, Trump’s new list includes big names like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R). They and 18 others join some 25 individuals who have previously been floated by the president as potential SCOTUS nominees.
“Confirming constitutional conservatives”
Most of those named by Trump on his updated list have a lot of experience on the bench. According to Breitbart, those include Bridget Bade, a “Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.”
But other names came as a shock to pundits. In addition to Cruz and Cotton, Trump included Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley on his list of potential nominees.
Hawley, however, has vowed to stay put in the Senate.
“I appreciate the President’s confidence in listing me as a potential Supreme Court nominee,” he wrote in a tweet Wednesday. “But as I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court.”
Hawley said he looks “forward to confirming constitutional conservatives” in his role as a senator.
“The most important decision”
Cotton, meanwhile, stirred controversy with a tweet following Trump’s announcement suggesting that Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision on abortion, should be reversed. The senator is an ardent Trump supporter and Harvard Law School graduate who served in the U.S. Army, according to a 2017 report from U.S. News & World Report.
The now-senator served from 2005 to 2009 in active duty, where he earned a Bronze Star. Cotton served in the Army Reserve until 2013.
It remains to be seen when and if President Trump will get another chance to nominate a Supreme Court justice — but it’s certainly a job he takes seriously.
Speaking with reporters Wednesday, Trump said nominating justices is “the most important decision an American president can make,” according to The Dallas Morning News.
“The nomination of a Supreme Court justice is the most important decision an American president can make,” the president said. “The outcomes of these decisions will determine whether we hold fast to our nation’s founding principles or whether they are lost forever.”