Donald Trump had a tepid response when asked if he would consider GOP presidential rival Ted Cruz for the Supreme Court, should the businessman win the White House.
“I don’t know, I’d have to think about it,” Trump told the Daily Mail in an interview Monday.
“There’s a whole question of uniting and there’s a whole question as to temperament,” Trump continued. “He’s certainly a smart guy, but there’s also a temperament issue.
“He’s got a tough temperament for what we’re talking about,” Trump said. “You have to be a very, very smart, rational person, in my opinion, to be a justice of any kind.”
Trump told The Washington Post that he plans to announce upward of a dozen judges from which he’d pick to fill Supreme Court vacancies.
Cruz, a former Texas solicitor general, has been mentioned by Republicans as a potential replacement to fill the vacant seat previously held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday described such a scenario as scary.
For his part, Cruz insisted in March that he was more focused on nominating justices to the court than becoming one.
Trump made his comments to the Mail as he and Cruz battle in Indiana heading into Tuesday’s primary in the Hoosier State, a key opportunity to pick up more of the delegates needed to secure the nomination.