There are signs that 2024 may be a tough year for Democrats, with a recent CBS News poll putting President Joe Biden one point behind former President Donald Trump.
However, one high-profile Republican lawmaker says that instead of Biden, Trump may have to square off against former First Lady Michelle Obama.
As Ok! magazine reported, Texas Republican Sen. Cruz made that prediction this week during an episode of his podcast "Verdict with Ted Cruz."
"Here's the scenario that I think is perhaps the most likely and most dangerous," Cruz told his listeners on Monday. "In August of 2024, the Democrat kingmakers [will] jettison Joe Biden and parachute in Michelle Obama."
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“The Democrat kingmakers [will] jettison Joe Biden and parachute in Michelle Obama."
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"I view this as a very serious danger," the senator stressed. He laid out the benefits of running Obama, noting that doing so would avoid alienating "African-American women, which is a critical part of the constituency the Democrats are relying on to win."
Further, Cruz contended that selecting Obama rather than another major Democratic name would reduce the potential for infighting with factions "all jabbing knives at each other."
"And so when I see the media turning on Joe Biden right now, I think the odds of Michelle Obama parachuting in in August of 2024 have risen dramatically and that ought to scare the hell out at anyone who is unhappy about the direction this country is going," he continued.
"Michelle Obama because she was the first lady has the ability to parachute in above all four and say, 'Hey, we're not picking among any of you. You guys can all fight it out next time, you're all on the same level. We're coming,'" Cruz said.
"This is the Obamas coming in and saving the day," he declared, adding, "And I think in terms of a solution that unifies Democrats, there ain't nothing like that."
Conservative filmmaker Ami Horowitz expressed similar thoughts to Sky News Australia earlier this month, saying that having Obama on the presidential ticket is a "fever dream among Democrats."
Horowitz pointed to an August NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey which found that roughly two-thirds of Democrats believe President Joe Biden is too old to serve another term in office.