‘In a heartbeat’: Sen. Cruz signals intent to launch 2024 White House bid

While there remains plenty of speculation regarding whether former President Donald Trump will seek another term in the 2024 race, at least one of his one-time GOP primary rivals has already signaled his intent to do so.

According to reports, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is gearing up for another White House bid.

“An enormous base of support”

Asked during a recent interview whether he would consider running again, he responded: “Absolutely, in a heartbeat.”

The Texas Republican went on to explain why he would like to run again, citing his relative success in the 2016 presidential race. He was ultimately the last primary candidate standing before Trump went on to receive the party’s nomination.

“There’s a reason historically that the runner-up is almost always the next nominee,” he said. “And that’s been true going back to Nixon or Reagan or McCain or Romney.”

Beyond the historical trend, Cruz noted that he has already established a foundation for successful campaign fundraising.

“You come in with just an enormous base of support,” he said. “In 2016 we raised over $92 million. That was the most money any Republican has ever raised in the history of presidential primaries.”

Cruz potentially faces fierce GOP competition

It seems likely that Cruz will ultimately follow through on his intentions to mount another presidential campaign, though early polling does not show him performing well in hypothetical 2024 matchups.

In fact, he has consistently come up short against not only Trump but also prominent Republicans like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence.

At the moment, it might be difficult to see Cruz stand a fighting chance against some more popular figures in his party. Of course, anything can happen in the world of politics between now and the 2024 election.

Perhaps the best news for the Republican Party is that it seems to have several viable candidates for the next presidential race, including Cruz. With the popularity of both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris cratering in recent months, the outlook for Democrats appears to be far less auspicious.

Since his chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the president’s popularity has been on the decline, with a recent average of polls showing his approval rating at just a tick above 43%.

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