Ted Cruz faces brutal mockery after saying he is 'next in line' to win the GOP presidential nomination
Countless pundits are predicting that former President Donald Trump will decide to run for president in 2024 and win the GOP presidential nomination. But Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, during an interview with the right-wing Truth Gazette, didn’t sound convinced that Trump is going to run in 2024 — and he made it clear that he is open to running again, insisting that he would have a good shot at winning the Republican nomination.
Asked if he would consider running for president again, Cruz responded, “Absolutely. In a heartbeat.”
Cruz was the runner up in 2016’s GOP presidential primary, ultimately loosing to Trump. After Trump won the nomination and the general election, the far-right senator went from being a scathing Trump critic to being an obsequious Trump sycophant.
Ted Cruz actually thinks that he is going to get elected President of the United States in 2024. This is too good! Interview this morning.pic.twitter.com/EpUELXaLtO— Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1640190065
The Texas senator, who placed second in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, says there\u2019s historical precedent for the runner-up to get the nod the next time aroundhttps://wapo.st/3sqnX8q— The Washington Post (@The Washington Post) 1640199544
During the Truth Gazette interview, Cruz argued that runners-up in presidential elections are likely to do well if they decide to run again at some point.
Cruz told the Truth Gazette, “You know, I ran in 2016. It was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. We had a very crowded field. We had 17 candidates in the race — a very strong field. And I ended up placing second…. There’s a reason, historically, that the runner-up is almost always the next nominee. And that’s been true going back to Nixon or Reagan or McCain or Romney that has played out repeatedly. You come in with just an enormous base of support.”
But New York Magazine’s Ed Kilgore finds Cruz’s “runner-up” theory problematic.
“If you want to argue that a non-disastrous prior presidential run is, all other things being equal, an asset for a candidate, that’s hard to deny,” Kilgore writes in an article published on December 22. “But finishing second and thus becoming ‘next in line’ hasn’t necessarily been a qualifier.”
According to Kilgore, “(Sen. John) McCain’s nomination in 2008 was really the closest approximation of the next-in-line scenario one can find: He had finished second in 2000, winning New Hampshire, and reprised that New Hampshire win in 2008 en route to the nomination. But anyone familiar with the actual contest understands that McCain won the nomination after a demolition derby in which he was more the survivor than the victor.”
Here’s what some Twitter users have had to say about the possibility of Cruz running for president in 2024:
Ted Cruz plans to run for president in 2024. He thinks he'll win because he came in second in the 2016 GOP primary and the runner-up is often the next nominee. Except when he lets the winner insult his family, skips the country when his constituents hurt most, and is reviled.— Duty To Warn \ud83d\udd09 (@Duty To Warn \ud83d\udd09) 1640276496
\u201cWell positioned\u201d as in \u201cpositioned to lose bigly\u201d— Andres R. Guevara (@Andres R. Guevara) 1640210473
He also thought he was well-positioned for an awesome family getaway (minus dog) to Cancun.— \ud83d\udc79MrBlifil\ud83e\udd21 (@\ud83d\udc79MrBlifil\ud83e\udd21) 1640219304
Just another clueless politician who can\u2019t read the room. Jesus, first sign of trouble in his state last February, he was bailing out, heading to Cancun\u2026last guy I want running the country.— John Delaney (@John Delaney) 1640214672
Candidates already writing the new insults directed at his family.— Frank Armstrong (@Frank Armstrong) 1640219423
That sun in Cancun must have been affected his brain.— \ud83c\udd7f\ufe0f\u24c2\ufe0f (@\ud83c\udd7f\ufe0f\u24c2\ufe0f) 1640271985
People are laughing now, but I remember laughing when Trump came down the escalator to announce his candidacy. So there's that.— Larry Davis (@Larry Davis) 1640200631
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