Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said he will “wait and see” if Donald Trump decides to run again before making his own decision about running for president in 2024.
Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) event in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, Cruz said that Trump will “decide on his own time frame” whether he will announce a 2024 bid. “Everyone is going to wait and see what Donald Trump decides and make decisions from there,” Cruz told Fox News.Recent polling shows Republican voters are willing to look at conservative candidates other than Trump in 2024, Axios reports. A New York Times/Siena College poll in July found nearly half of Republicans would not vote for Trump in a 2024 presidential primary. And a Detroit News poll from July found Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis statistically tied with Trump in a hypothetical 2024 primary. DeSantis has deflected questions about 2024, telling Fox News recently he’s “focused on the 2022 governor’s race and what’s happening in Florida.”
Ted Cruz: about as likable ad Tulsi Gabbard https://t.co/GhYsgJzVFh
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) August 6, 2022
Cruz launched a failed bid in 2016 during a campaign fraught with controversy and fighting with Trump, who called Cruz’s wife “ugly,” baselessly claimed Cruz’s father was involved in a plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy, and nicknamed him “Lyin’ Ted Cruz.” In turn, Cruz called Trump, a “pathological liar.” Cruz still continues to walk the fine line of staying in Trump’s good graces by slamming Joe Biden but also keeping an eye out for his own chances.
— (((Tara Dublin))) (@taradublinrocks) August 6, 2022
Cruz has consistently not ruled out making another White House run, and has told Fox News and other news organizations that “when I ran in ’16, it was the most fun I’ve had in my life.”
This is fun when you consider how much by like 2016 how much CPAC had become Ted Cruz country https://t.co/8iOLbZrkjJ
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) August 6, 2022
You can watch Ted Cruz’s full comments at CPAC, below.