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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump unveiled a new list of 20 potential Supreme Court nominees Wednesday in an effort to energize the conservative legal movement and help his flagging reelection campaign.
The list, fashioned after those he put out during his 2016 race for the White House when there was an existing vacancy, is intended to elevate the nation’s highest court as an issue in 2020 – and put pressure on Democratic nominee Joe Biden to follow suit. Trump already had listed 25 other potential nominees.
The article goes on to state the following:
“My nominee will come from the names I have shared with the American public” if a vacancy occurs, Trump said. “Joe Biden has refused to release his list, perhaps because he knows the names are so extremely far-left.”
The president announced the following 20 new Supreme Court candidates:
- Sen. Ted Cruz
- Sen. Tom Cotton
- Sen. Josh Hawley
- Daniel Cameron, KY Attorney General
- Judge Bridget Bade, 9th circuit Court of Appeals
- Paul Clement, former Solicitor General of the U.S.
- Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Steven Engle, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Council at DOJ
- Noel Francisco, former Solicitor General of the US
- Judge James Ho, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Judge Gregory Katsas, DC Circuit Court of Appeals
- Judge Barbara Lagoa, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Christopher Landau, US Ambassador to Mexico
- Justice Carlos Muniz, Florida Supreme Court
- Judge Martha Pacold, District Court for Northern District of Illinois
- Judge Peter Phipps, 3rd Circuit of Appeals
- Judge Sarah Pitlyk, District Court for Eastern District of Missouri
- Judge Allison Jones Rushing, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Kate Todd, Deputy Assistant to the President
- Judge Lawrence Van Dyke, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
After the announcement, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a statement on Twitter, saying, “It’s humbling and an immense honor to be considered for #SCOTUS.”
It’s humbling and an immense honor to be considered for #SCOTUS.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 9, 2020
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) tweeted, “I’m honored that President Trump asked me to consider serving on the Supreme Court and I’m grateful for his confidence. I will always heed the call of service to our nation.”
I’m honored that President Trump asked me to consider serving on the Supreme Court and I’m grateful for his confidence. I will always heed the call of service to our nation. https://t.co/fD10iVx952
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) September 9, 2020
Cotton — shortly after he was named to the Supreme Court list: https://t.co/v4SZNVk5hM
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 9, 2020
People Trump is ADDING the following to the existing Supreme Court list pic.twitter.com/9hmiu8YF0Y
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) September 9, 2020
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