Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, on August 5, 2022.
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Ted Cruz said he will “wait and see” whether Donald Trump runs in 2024 before making any decisions on running himself.
Cruz previously said that Trump deciding not to run would “significantly” clear out the field.
Trump and Cruz fiercely clashed during the 2016 Republican primary campaign.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he will “wait and see” what former President Donald Trump does before deciding on whether to run for president again in 2024.
Speaking to Fox News at a Conservative Political Action Conference event in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, Cruz said Trump is going to “decide on his own timeframe” whether he will seek the presidency for the third time.
Cruz, who launched a failed bid in 2016, suggested he’d hold off until Trump announced his plans. “Everyone is going to wait and see what Donald Trump decides and make decisions from there,” he said.
When asked about his timeframe for deciding whether he’ll put his name in the running for the Republican nominee, Cruz said his focus is now on the 2022 mid-terms.
“I’m spending practically every waking moment on the campaign trail, focusing on retaking the House and retaking the Senate,” he told Fox News. “I think we’re going to win both.”
In July, speaking to Fox News at the Turning Point USA conference in Tampa, Florida, Cruz said that Trump deciding not to run in 2024 would “significantly” clear out the field of potential candidates.
Trump has not yet announced whether he’ll run in 2024, but teasers have fueled speculation that he will.
Last week, he said it would be “very hard for me not to run” against President Joe Biden in 2024. And in June, he said that he would be making an announcement about it in the “not too distant future.”
Cruz ran against Trump for the Republican nomination in 2016, and the two politicians clashed during the primary campaign.
Trump 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.”
They have since patched things up, according to a new book by Paul Manafort. An extract obtained by the Guardian said that Trump apologized for insulting Cruz and his family. And in recent years, Cruz has become a loyal ally to the former president.