Rumors of Sen. Ted Cruz running for president in 2024 surfaced following reports that he would go to Iowa to attend a fundraiser for Republican, Rep. Ashley Hinson. Cruz ran for the Republican presidential nomination before, in 2016, and this new report helps increase speculation that he will try again in 2024.
Iowa typically becomes the focus for presidential candidates due to its role as the first state where a caucus happens during the presidential primaries. Cruz previously won the Republican caucus in Iowa when he ran for president in 2016. Back then, he defeated 10 other presidential candidates, including former President Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Texas).
“We have to win back the majority and the road to firing Nancy Pelosi runs right through Iowa’s First Congressional District,” Cruz mentioned in a statement discussing Hinson’s event. “Ashley has my full support and I can’t wait to be with all of Team Hinson in Iowa,” he added.
With regards to running for president in 2024, Cruz has not confirmed anything. Although, he has hinted interest in going for another bid.
In 2016, Cruz ended his presidential bid with the second-highest number of delegates among Republicans, just behind Trump.
In October 2020, Cruz was also in Iowa to campaign for Sen. Joni Ernst.
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Other big-name Republicans who have appeared in Iowa recently include former Vice President Mike Pence as well as Sens. Tom Cotton, Tim Scott, and Rick Scott. Also spotted in Iowa were Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.