"We need to see what happens at the election and we need – we've already got one vacancy that we need to deal with after this election. Hopefully this will be a nomination that will be made by Mr. Trump and not Mrs. Clinton, and I think we avoid all of the concerns that have been raised by Sen. Cruz and Sen. McCain," Cornyn said. "So I prefer not to speculate at this point on what might happen. I'm still hopeful that we'll elect the Republican nominee on November the eight and it will all be a moot point."
The comments from the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, who is also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, comes after Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) signaled he'd work to block Clinton's nominees before clarifying that he'd consider each nominee's qualifications before deciding. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said "there is long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer justices." And Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said he would "do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court."
Correction: An editing error misstated Cruz''s position on whether Supreme Court nominees should be considered throughout Clinton's presidency.