While he hasn’t made any definitive statements, former President Donald Trump has been dropping hints for months that he will try to get his old job back in 2024.
However, another high-profile Republican recently announced that he might also be interested in making a bid to replace Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House.
According to Fox News, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made the comments during an interview with the Truth Gazette’s teenage founder, Brilyn Hollyhand.
“Absolutely, in a heartbeat”
“Absolutely, in a heartbeat,” the Texas Republican lawmaker told Hollyhand on Wednesday when asked about a potential 2024 White House bid, according to Fox.
“I ran in 2016,” Cruz recalled, adding that his campaign “was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. We had a very crowded field, 17 candidates in the race, a very strong field. And I ended up placing second.”
Cruz argued that his second-place status leaves him well-positioned for another run. “There’s a reason historically that the runner-up is almost always the next nominee,” he said, according to Fox.
“That’s been true going back to Nixon or Reagan or McCain or Romney,” Cruz added. “That’s played out repeatedly. You come in with just an enormous base of support.”
Polls show Cruz facing tough fight
This is not the first time that Cruz has made remarks like these. Last month, he told Fox, “History shows the runner-up in the Republican Party is almost always the next nominee.”
Sill, Fox observed that Cruz had little to say about 2024 when he appeared at Turning Points USA’s AmericaFest in Phoenix, Arizona this week, instead focusing on next year’s midterm elections.
“There are really three things I’m focused on right now in the Senate,” the senator said. “Number one is leading the fight to stop every dumba** thing Biden and Pelosi and Schumer are doing.”
If Cruz does decide to throw his hat in the ring, then polls suggest that he would be in for an uphill battle; former President Trump remains the clear favorite among likely Republican primary voters.
What’s more, The Hill reported in November that a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll found Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) commands the largest share of support in a hypothetical race where Trump is not a candidate. It looks like Cruz has his work cut out for him.