Sen. Ted Cruz surprised many this week when he said he wants to run for president — but not right now.
During an interview with The Christian Science Monitor, the Texas Republican said he’s open to taking another shot at running for president.
“Look, I hope to run again. We came very, very close in 2016, and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had in my life,” Cruz said.
Cruz made it clear he has no intention of launching a primary bid against Trump in 2020.
Cruz was then-candidate Trump’s last opponent in the GOP primary in 2016 when 17 candidates ran for the party nomination.
Cruz seemed to be hinting that he is seriously considering a presidential run in 2024 when Trump will more than likely be done serving his second term in office.
“The great thing is, every issue I was fighting for in the presidential campaign is front and center in the Senate,” Cruz said.
While Cruz had a rocky start with Trump during the 2016 Republican primary race, the two have become much closer since then.
Cruz officially endorsed Trump two months before the general election.
“After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump,” he wrote in a Facebook post in September 2016, citing six “key” policy differences which determined his decision.
Those included Obamacare, national security, energy, immigration, Internet freedom, and the Supreme Court.
In the post at the time, Cruz wrote in part:
For some time, I have been seeking greater specificity on this issue, and today the Trump campaign provided that, releasing a very strong list of potential Supreme Court nominees — including Sen. Mike Lee, who would make an extraordinary justice — and making an explicit commitment to nominate only from that list. This commitment matters, and it provides a serious reason for voters to choose to support Trump.
The liberal mainstream media is already ramping up its efforts to help Democrats and hurt Trump in the 2020 election.
But a new poll reveals who voters think will win the 2020 presidential election.
According to presidential survey from ScottRasmussen.com, a majority of voters think Trump will win a second term in office.
The latest survey found that 63 percent of voters nationwide believe it is at least “somewhat likely” that Trump will win re-election in 2020.
A whopping 88 percent of Republicans believe the president is likely to secure a second term in office.
While the election is still around 16 months away, Trump has also secured a huge advantage that could sway the outcome in his favor.
Trump’s campaign and the the Republican National Committee raised a combined $108 million in the second quarter of this year.
The Trump campaign and the RNC have a combined $123.7 million in cash reserves.
For context, those numbers are much higher than the fundraising totals former President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee posted in the same quarter in 2011.
In 2011, Obama’s reelection campaign reported $47 million in donations, with the DNC reporting it took in $38 million.
Trump and the RNC have brought in a combined $108 million compared to Obama and the DNC having just $85 million in total at the same time in their respective presidencies.
That’s a big difference.
The 2020 election may be a year and a half away, but it’s clear Trump has a massive fundraising advantage — which will be key to him securing a second term in office.