Cruz Warns Trump and Schumer Would Cut SCOTUS Deal

ATLANTA -- Sen. Ted Cruz agrees with Donald Trump on this much: He doesn't plan on cutting many deals with Democrats if he's elected president. Speaking with reporters outside the Georgia State Capitol before his final Atlanta rally ahead of the SEC Primary on Tuesday, the Texas Republican sought to warn conservatives about the way Trump, the real estate developer who is the presidential frontrunner across the Deep South and nationally, would pick Supreme Court justices. "If you want Justice Scalia's replacement to be someone that is a compromise between Chuck Schumer and Donald Trump, you will know for a fact that your rights are going to be taken away," Cruz said. Senate Republicans have said they want the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia to be an issue for voters in November 2016, and they have come under pressure from Democrats for announcing a blockade of any nominee from President Barack Obama even before he makes a nomination. If Cruz is able to stop Trump's momentum and be the man who ultimately emerges as the GOP nominee, there's no doubt that battle would take place in the general election with Cruz swearing off the idea of appointing someone without a clear track record in conservative circles. "If you care about the Supreme Court, we are one liberal justice away from losing our basic rights," Cruz said. "From losing our religious liberty, from using the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms." The Texan referenced Trump's past support for a ban on assault weapons that was enacted under President Bill Clinton to suggest the businessman might offer up a candidate for the nation's highest court who could curtail the current legal precedent that the Second Amendment applies to individuals, as part of a negotiation with Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., the expected next Senate Democratic leader. Related: Roll Call Race Ratings Map: Ratings for Every House and Senate Race in 2016 Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.