Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday urged his fellow lawmakers to nominate and confirm a Supreme Court justice before the Nov. 3 presidential election following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, warning of a looming "constitutional crisis" if the seat remains vacant.
Cruz continued: "I'll tell you one reason in particular why I think it is tremendously important that not only does the nomination happen next week, but that the confirmation happen before Election Day.
Earlier in the night, before learning of Ginsburg's death, Trump told supporters at a Minnesota rally that he was "putting Ted Cruz as one of the people for the Supreme Court."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Friday that "President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has vowed to nominate a Black woman to the nation's highest court system, though he has not released specific candidates.