Ted Cruz on McConnell's reelection amid Trump's ‘bad blood’

 February 20, 2024

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas refused to comment on whether Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will seek reelection in the event that Trump wins in November.

During his campaign for reelection to the Senate in November, Cruz told The Washington Examiner that McConnell should make the call on his own.

Possible end to McConnell's career

There is "bad blood" between Trump and McConnell, he did add. While appearing on Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News, Cruz made this declaration.

“That’s a decision for Mitch to make. Obviously, there’s a lot of bad blood between Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump. Mitch will have to make that decision.

"What I want to see is I want to see Republicans in the Senate stand and lead and fight,” Cruz said.

The Republican Party in the Senate has grown increasingly concerned about McConnell's leadership and age in the past few years. This is because, among other things, he faced a leadership challenge after the terrible 2022 elections and because other Republicans in the Senate have criticized McConnell and the leadership of the Senate for the failed border deal that happened earlier this month.

In 2026, McConnell plans to seek reelection to the Senate seat he currently holds. Cruz also predicted that the Republicans would win in November, with Trump leading the ticket, and he stressed the importance of his Senate campaign.

“I believe November is going to be a very good election. I think we’re gonna see Donald Trump reelected as president of the United States," Cruz said.

"I think we’re gonna see Republicans keep and grow our majority in the House, and critically, I think we’re going to win the United States Senate,”

“Now, I will say my race here in Texas is a battleground race. The Democrats are spending over $100 million. Chuck Schumer has made clear I’m his No. 1 target. George Soros is pouring millions of dollars into the state of Texas,” he added.

Win in 2024 for Republicans

The Cook Political Report states that in November's Senate elections, the Republican Party will have a favorable map.

The current rankings of their seats do not indicate a "toss up" or "lean Republican," suggesting a strong likelihood of victory for them.

The journal claims that Cruz's and Senator Rick Scott's (R-FL) seats are the most vulnerable for the Republican Party. Each of these senators is classified as "likely Republican."

There are three states where the Democratic Party has a "toss up" rating: Arizona, Montana, and Ohio. On top of that, the seat currently occupied by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is classified as "solid Republican."

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