Ted Cruz is one of the most fierce conservative fighters in the Senate.
He let the cat out of the bag on one important decision he was facing.
And Ted Cruz took everyone by surprise with this major decision about his future.
The 2024 elections are starting to come into focus with candidates making announcements about their campaigns for the Presidency and the Senate.
Former President Donald Trump is the only major Republican candidate to declare for the 2024 Presidential election, but he is expected to face a field of GOP challengers.
Ted Cruz (R-TX) finished second to Trump in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary after a heated battle.
After a strong showing in 2016, speculation was growing that Cruz could make another run for the White House.
Cruz is also up for reelection for his Senate seat in 2024, leaving him with an important decision to make about his political future.
The conservative firebrand, a supporter of term limits for Congress, promised to only serve two terms when he was first elected to the Senate.
Cruz announced that he wouldn’t enter the Republican Presidential Primary field, instead launching a reelection bid for the Senate.
“I’m running for reelection to the Senate,” Cruz said. “There’s a reason I’m in Texas today. I’m not in Iowa, I’m in Texas, and I’m fighting for 30 million Texans.”
His decision to pass on a Presidential bid eliminates a potentially strong challenger to Trump in the GOP Primary.
Cruz addressed his alleged hypocrisy for supporting term limits for Senators while breaking his pledge not to run for a third term.
“I’m a passionate defender of term limits,” Cruz said. “I think that Congress would work much better if every Senator were limited to two terms and if every House member were limited to three terms. I’ve introduced a constitutional amendment to put that into the Constitution.”
If his term limits amendment passed, Cruz said he “would happily, happily comply” with it.
Cruz said that he wasn’t going to “unilaterally comply” with term limits if no one else in Washington, D.C.’s “Swamp” was following suit.
“I’ll tell you what, when the socialists and when the Swamp are ready to leave Washington, I will be more than happy to comply with the same rules that apply for everyone,” Cruz said. “But until then, I’m going to keep fighting for 30 million Texans because they’ve asked me to.”
Cruz’s decision keeps a strong conservative in the Senate and allows him to begin preparing for his 2024 campaign.
In 2018, he won a closer than expected victory over his Democrat challenger Beto O’Rourke after the Left went all in on trying to unseat him.
With a favorable Senate map for Republicans in the 2024 election, Texas and Florida are the two best pickup opportunities for Democrats.
Cruz is once again expected to be heavily targeted by Democrats looking to knock off the conservative stalwart.
Ted Cruz’s reelection announcement answered one of the biggest questions lingering over the Republican Presidential field.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.