For the Republican Party, the most pressing issue of late has had to do with the 2024 election – something that is still well over two years away.
Of course, all of this speculation has to do with just who’s going to be running, particularly for the GOP. Surely Donald Trump is hinting at his own run, with polls showing that the former President appears to be the most popular potential candidate out there.
But now, at least one Republican Congressman seems to be considering running, rightly deferring to Trump on the issue first.
“Everyone is going to wait and see what Donald Trump decides and make decisions from there,” GOP Sen. Ted Cruz told Fox News at a CPAC event in Dallas, when asked if he would run again. Trump, of course, has not announced whether he intends to seek re-election. He’s been sounding very much like a candidate of late, though one major poll suggests most Republican voters would prefer that somebody else be their candidate.
And Cruz isn’t the only one with some skin the game thus far.
As Axios notes, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has emerged as the clear No. 2 to Trump in the current polls. DeSantis also has not said whether he will run. Other names in the mix include Nikki Haley and two figures now seen as Trump political enemies—Mike Pence and Liz Cheney.
While conventional wisdom has suggested that Donald Trump would wait until the conclusion of the 2022 midterms to announce any potential campaign, the former Commander in Chief has been rumored to be considering a September announcement, perhaps in an effort to “freeze out” other potential candidates like Cruz.