The 2024 presidential election will be here before you know it and while Trump appears to be the likely Republican nominee, other conservatives have begun testing the waters.
If you think back to the 2016 Republican nominees, Sen. Ted Cruz was never taken that seriously, though he was a strong contender; he simply couldn’t penetrate the Trump Wall which took the country by storm.
However, the Texas Republican just revealed in an interview that he is particularly well-positioned to win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, given his second-place finish behind Donald Trump in the party’s 2016 primary.
Cruz sat down with The Truth Gazette, a conservative news service operated by 15-year-old Brilyn Hollyhand. He was asked if running again for the White House was a current consideration, to which Cruz responded, “Absolutely. In a heartbeat.”
EXCLUSIVE: I asked Sen. @TedCruz if he would ever consider another run for President.
His response: “Absolutely, in a heartbeat. I ran in 2016…very strong field and I ended up placing 2nd.”
“…there’s a reason historically that the runner up is almost always the next nominee.” pic.twitter.com/5U3EhkqgXp
— The Truth Gazette (@Truth_Gazette) December 22, 2021
Cruz obtained the second-most delegates at the Republican Party’s 2016 convention in Cleveland, where a contingent of his supporters attempted to derail Trump’s nomination and disrupted the proceedings. Cruz failed to endorse Trump, but said Republicans should vote their conscience.
Cruz did not endorse Trump in a prime-time address, but two months after the convention, he announced that he would be voting for him in the general election.
The senator was one of the Republican lawmakers who led the effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election on Jan. 6.
But he is no stranger to scandal. He escaped to Cancun on vacation during a crippling storm in his state during the COVID-19 epidemic, prompting widespread derision.
He remains one of the most ridiculed Senators in Congress by both his Democrat colleagues and the mainstream press.
Cruz’s announcement makes 2024 even more interesting as it’s still unclear whether or not Donald Trump will take advantage of his growing popularity and run for office again, or stay the course and direct the Republican Party from the sidelines.
Regardless of Cruz’s or Trump’s final decision, either candidate will be a welcomed change from the horrific malevolence of the Biden administration.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth