Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz… on the Constitution:
“We need to put people on the bench that understand the Constitution is not a living and breathing document. It is to be interpreted as originally meant.” – Marco Rubio
“My touchstone for every question is the constitution.” – Ted Cruz
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz… on Justice Antonin Scalia’s Passing:
“All those who cherish the Constitution and limited government mourn this great loss. Justice Scalia was a brilliant legal mind who served with honor, distinction, and only one legal objective: to interpret and defend the Constitution as written.” – Marco Rubio
“Justice Scalia fundamentally changed how courts interpret the Constitution and statutes, returning the focus to the original meaning of the text after decades of judicial activism.” – Ted Cruz
The Original Constitution, As Written:
“he [the president] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint … Judges of the supreme Court…” – Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution.
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz… on President Obama nominating a Supreme Court nominee after the death of Antonin Scalia:
“I do not believe the president should appoint someone.” – Marco Rubio
“Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President [not Obama, the current president] names his replacement.” – Ted Cruz
Mitch McConnell (then and now)… on the “Thurmond Rule”, which was an unwritten guideline (suggested by Strom Thurmond and is not in the Constitution) saying a president should not nominate a Supreme Court Judge in the last “six months or so” of his presidency.
“Our Democratic colleagues continually talk about the so-called Thurmond Rule, under which the Senate supposedly stops confirming judges in a presidential-election year. The seeming obsession with this rule that doesn’t exist is just an excuse for our colleagues to run out the clock on qualified nominees who are waiting to fill badly needed vacancies.” – Mitch McConnell, 2005, in regards to Bush appointing a judge.
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” – Mitch McConnell, 2016, in regards to Obama appointing a judge.
Antonin Scalia on the Constitution
“I try to be an honest originalist. I will take the bitter with the sweet!” – Antonin Scalia
“Originalism says that when you consult the text, you give it the meaning it had when it was adopted, not some later modern meaning.” – Antonin Scalia
Jerry… on Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mitch McConnell’s opinion(s) about nominating Supreme Court Justices in an election year:
“So to sum up, you guys think we should honor the original meaning of the text in the Constitution, as written, by ignoring the original meaning of the text in the Constitution, as written. Instead, you think we should follow the “Thurmond Rule,” that you said “doesn’t exist,” because you think the best way to honor Antonin Scalia is to betray his most fundamental driving principle. Got it.” – Jerry