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DALLAS – Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says that when it comes time to decide whether to run for the White House again, he will “wait and see” what former President Donald Trump decides.
Cruz, the conservative gunfighter from Texas and Trump’s runner-up in the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination, told Fox News on Friday that he and other potential 2024 presidential contenders “will wait to see what he decides Donald Trump and then they will make decisions from there. .”
Trump has been flirting with another presidential bid since leaving the White House a year and a half ago and recently appeared to give the strongest signal yet of his intentions. The former president seemed to indicate in a recent interview with New York Magazine that his decision for 2024 is about when – not if.
“I would say my big decision will be whether I go before or after,” Trump said in an interview published last month, apparently referring to the November midterm elections.
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Cruz has not firmly ruled out another run for the White House, has stopped a few times over the past year in early-vote states in the GOP’s presidential nominating schedule — more likely to come in the coming months — and told the Fox News and other news organizations that “when I ran in ’16, it was the most fun I’ve ever had.”
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In his interview on Friday — which took place moments after he addressed the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas — the senator dropped another hint about 2024, once again stressing “I’m committed to fighting for to save this country with every breath in my body. It’s what I believe in.”
But Cruz also emphasized that his top campaign mission in the next three months is to help fellow Republicans in November’s midterm elections.
“My focus is on 2022. I spend almost every waking moment on the campaign trail focusing on retaking the House and retaking the Senate,” Cruz said.
And he predicted “I think we’re going to win both. I think we’re going to see a Republican majority in the House. I think we’re going to see a Republican majority in the Senate. And I hope and I believe we’re going to see not just majorities, but strong new conservative leaders who they are willing to stand and fight and keep their promises.”
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Republicans have the political winds at their backs as they aim to regain congressional majorities in both houses in the midterms. But there are many in the GOP who are concerned that a potential 2024 announcement by Trump before November could hurt Republicans’ chances of regaining control of the House and Senate.
Asked if he thought a Trump announcement in 2024 would be damaging to the GOP, Cruz said the former president “is going to decide what he wants to do and frankly, he’s going to decide on his own timeline. He’s not going to listen He’s not going to listen to anyone else. He will decide when he wants to and the rest of the world will react accordingly.”