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Republican Senator Ted Cruz says that when it comes to deciding whether he will run another White House, he will “wish and see” what former President Donald Trump decides.

Cruz, a Texas conservative firebrand and Trump’s runner-up in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination race, told Fox News on Friday that he and other potential 2024 presidential contenders “will wait and see what Donald Trump decides.” And then make decisions from there.”


Trump has been flirting for another presidency since leaving the White House a year and a half ago and recently appeared to be giving his strongest hints about his intentions. The former president indicated in a recent New York Magazine interview that his 2024 decision is about when – if not.

“I would say my big decision will be whether I go earlier or later,” Trump said in an interview published last month, referring to the midterm election in November.

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Cruz hasn’t ruled out another White House run in a row, barring a handful of states with early voting in the GOP presidential nomination calendar over the past year — more likely to come in the coming months — and Fox News and other news organizations that “when I ran in ’16, it was the funniest experience of my life.”

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In his Friday interview — which took place moments after he addressed a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas — the senator hinted at another 2024, once again insisting that “I want to save this country.” Committed to fight for. Breath in my body. This is what I believe in.”

But Cruz also emphasized that his top campaign mission over the next three months is helping fellow Republicans in November’s midterm elections.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on August 5, 2022 in Dallas, Texas

“My focus is on 2022. I’m spending practically every waking moment on the campaign trail, focused on retaking the House and taking the Senate again,” Cruz said.

And he predicted “I think we’re both going to win. I think we’re going to see a Republican majority in the House. I think we’re going to see a Republican majority in the Senate. And I hope and believe.” We are going to see not only the majority, but strong new conservative leaders who are ready to stand up for their promises and fight and deliver on them.”

Republicans have political winds as they aim to win back a congressional majority in both houses in the midterm. But many in the GOP are concerned that a possible Trump 2024 announcement before November could negatively affect Republicans’ chances of winning back control of the House and Senate.

Asked if he thinks Trump’s 2024 announcement would be detrimental to the GOP, Cruz responded that the former president is “going to decide what he wants to do, and clearly, he’s going to set his deadline.” He’s going to decide. He’s not going to listen. Me. He won’t listen to anyone else. He’s going to decide when he wants to do well, and the rest of the world will react accordingly.”