Dec 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Ted Cruz touts 2024 election chances despite Trump hinting he'll run

  Sen. Ted Cruz participates in a Senate hearingin the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on December 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Sen. Ted Cruz participates in a December Senate hearing on Capitol Hill. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told conservative outlet the Truth Gazette in an interview published Wednesday he believes he's well-placed to be selected as the Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election.

Driving the news: Brilyn Hollyhand, the 15-year-old founder and editor-in-chief of the Gazette, asked Cruz if he'd ever try running for president again. "Absolutely, in a heartbeat," Cruz replied.

  • Cruz noted he ended up placing second when he ran in 2016, losing out to now-former President Trump.
  • "There's a reason historically that the runner-up is almost always the next nominee," Cruz added.

Yes, but: Trump has hinted on several occasions about running for office again in 2024 and he's frequently listed as the most popular choice in polls of Republican voters. 

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