Ted Cruz traveled to Iowa recently for a fundraiser for GOP Representative Ashley Hinson. But his time there has fueled speculation that he will run for the Republican nomination for president in 2024 for the right to challenge Joe Biden.
According to Fox News:
But the swing through the state that for half a century has kicked off the race for the White House by the 2016 Republican presidential nomination runner-up is sparking more speculation that Cruz is gearing up for another White House run in 2024.
“We’re going to take back the majority and the majority in the House of Representatives run straight through Iowa,” Cruz told Fox News in an interview Saturday after Cruz spoke at a fundraiser for first-term Rep. Ashley Hinson, a rising star in the GOP who narrowly defeated a Democratic incumbent last November and who could face a challenging reelection next year.
Cruz told Newsmax earlier this year that he’s “certainly looking at it.”
The conservative firebrand – who used a powerful ground game and strong evangelical support to edge then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to win the 2016 Iowa caucuses – told Fox News ahead of his trip that “I look forward to doing everything humanly possible to help pull us back from the brink and toward freedom and prosperity.”
After his remarks in Iowa, Sen. @tedcruz talked about the importance of the Hawkeye State ahead of 2022/2024. The Senator said he's focused on taking back the House and Senate in 2022, and did not say either way if he's planning to take another run at the White House. pic.twitter.com/xwlVPypeui
— Robert Sherman (@RobertShermanTV) August 29, 2021
Rubio is in the state as well, fueling speculation that he may look to join the field in 2024. It is unknown if their candidacy depends on whether Trump runs or not.