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As Trump announces candidacy, Cruz and Cornyn show openness to other Republican presidential candidates

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Republican US senators were asked about Tuesday night’s impending announcement that former President Donald Trump would run for the White House in 2024. John Cornyn When Ted Cruz demonstrated a desire for a contested Republican primary. However, both said they would support him if he ultimately turned out to be the Republican nominee.

Two Texas senators join a growing chorus of Republicans who have withheld their enthusiasm for a possible third bid from Trump.

“I’m confident I’ll back the Republican nominee, but I think it’s likely to be a competitive primary,” Cornyn said. told reporters on Monday.

Trump is expected to announce his candidacy from Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday night.

Cruz also gave a nod to the contested Republican primary, telling Fox News on Tuesday, “We’re going to have a process, we’re going to have a primary, we’re going to have a debate.”

“I think we accomplished a lot of good things when Donald Trump was president,” Cruz said. “If he is a candidate, I will support him enthusiastically.”

Cruz did not answer questions about Trump from reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday.

Republican support for Trump is weakening after a mid-term performance by the Republican Party that many considered very disappointing. of Republicans are exploring alternative options for leadership.

Much of that attention has been focused on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who won re-election by a 20 percentage point margin on Tuesday. A poll commissioned by the Texas Republican Party this week found: Republicans in Texas prefer DeSantis over Trump As a 2024 presidential candidate, this is a stark contrast to their preferences in the October poll.

Cruz has also been tight-lipped about how Trump’s early entry into the presidential race will affect his own plans. , was one of Trump’s most formidable opponents.

Cruz sidestepped questions about his aspirations at the Texas Tribune Festival in September by saying all Republicans are waiting to see if Trump will run again. He said Trump’s decision to run would have a big impact on other potential candidates.

“Some Republicans are running around with their chests high and saying, ‘I’ll run no matter what. It doesn’t matter what Trump does,'” Cruz said. “It’s complete garbage. People are lying.”

After its overwhelming performance nationwide in the midterm elections, lawmakers and Republican celebrities have publicly questioned the party’s leadership. has been particularly focused on public disrespect for its leadership.

“I’m so pissed off I can’t even look straight,” Cruise said on an episode of his podcast The Verdict on Monday.

Cruz said it would be “insane” if the party re-elected the same leader to the Senate.

https://www.ksat.com/news/texas/2022/11/15/with-trump-set-to-announce-third-run-cruz-and-cornyn-signal-openness-to-other-gop-presidential-candidates/ As Trump announces candidacy, Cruz and Cornyn show openness to other Republican presidential candidates

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