Texas Senator and constitutional conservative presidential candidate Ted Cruz perhaps knew Justice Antonin Scalia better than any of the other candidates in either party in the presidential race.
Justice Scalia unexpectedly died on Saturday, just hours before the next GOP debate.
Cruz, who clerked for former Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist early in his career, mentions the longest serving Supreme Court Justice numerous times in his recent book, A Time for Truth, including getting into fiery debates in class with then Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who was no fan of the 1986 Reagan appointee.
Cruz said that Dershowitz, a liberal, “frequently harangued” both Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas and wrote in his book that “it ticked me off,” and that he would be prompted to raise his hand and say, “Now, hold on a second, professor.”
Shortly after the news of Justice Scalia’s death, Ted Cruz issued the following statement, calling him “an unrelenting defender of religious liberty, free speech, federalism, the constitutional separation of powers, and private property rights.”
Furthermore, Cruz tweeted that the next president should name Justice Scalia’s replacement, not Obama:
“Today our Nation mourns the loss of one of the greatest Justices in history – Justice Antonin Scalia. A champion of our liberties and a stalwart defender of the Constitution, he will go down as one of the few Justices who single-handedly changed the course of legal history.
As liberals and conservatives alike would agree, through his powerful and persuasive opinions, 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. And he authored some of the most important decisions ever, including District of Columbia v. Heller, which recognized our fundamental right under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms. He was an unrelenting defender of religious liberty, free speech, federalism, the constitutional separation of powers, and private property rights. All liberty-loving Americans should be in mourning.
Justice Scalia’s three decades on the Court was one of President Reagan’s most consequential legacies. Our prayers are with his beloved wife Maureen, their nine children, and their precious grandchildren.”
Justice Scalia was an American hero. We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 13, 2016
Today is a major loss for freedom-loving Americans. It will be a major fight between conservatives and the Obama Regime to replace him.
Whoever wins that fight will determine whether progressive leftist activists are allowed to continually redefine the Constitution and the erosion of individual liberties.