Ted Cruz plans to run for president even if Trump runs

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would not have ruled out the possibility of mounting a presidential campaign in 2024, even if former President Donald Trump decides to run again. He recently campaigned unofficially in New Hampshire, interacting with crowds and posing for photos while headlining a rally for Karoline Leavitt, Republican candidate for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, the Washington Examiner reports. The senator, however, is waiting to see what Trump plans for 2024.

Trump is widely seen as planning another presidential bid, but may wait until after the November midterms to make it official. Another campaign would come amid various legal issues surrounding the former president, including the investigation of classified documents from his Mar-a-Lago estate, interference in the Georgia election and his role in the riot in the Capitol of January 6.

Meanwhile, Cruz traveled and campaigned for Republican candidates in the upcoming midterm elections, hoping to strengthen ties in battleground states. He has not confirmed any intentions to run for president and he still intends to run for re-election in Texas in 2024. The senator has raised more than $100 million in campaign funds, keeping both options open. Texas law allows a candidate to run for president and the Senate simultaneously.

“He was the last Republican president,” Cruz said of Trump, “and one of the prerogatives that comes with that is that he can decide what he’s going to do, and then everyone else will decide accordingly.”

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