Ted Cruz Considers Getting Back Into The Race To Challenge Donald Trump
Ted Cruz dropped a bombshell on Glenn Beck’s radio show this morning. According to the Texas senator, he might not be out of the race just yet.
“If there is a path to victory, we launched this campaign intending to win. The reason we suspended the race last week is with Indiana’s loss I didn’t see a viable path to victory. If that changes, we will respond accordingly,” Ted Cruz told Glenn Beck this morning, reports RollCall.
Ted Cruz previously suspended his campaign after suffering a series of devastating losses to bitter rival Donald Trump, which left the Texas senator without much hope for a victory in the Republican primary race. But as of this morning, Ted Cruz is reigniting the hopes of his followers by suggesting that he might consider getting back into the race if there’s a path to victory.
After Ted Cruz dropped out, he informed his supporters that he wasn’t planning to convention challenge Donald Trump but warned that Cruz supporters should get ready for a fight over the Republican Party platform.
“Many people, particularly activists and volunteers and people who are actively engaged in the Republican Party look to that party platform to make sure that they’re in the right place,” said Cruz spokesman Ron Nehring.
Cruz not releasing delegates-hope to influence convention….https://t.co/GHViUqakK7
Lyin Ted-please go away…please..@ck515
— NJ_Joe_14 (@NJ_Joe_14) May 10, 2016
Cruz dropping out has left his supporters between a rock and a hard place, but Cruz insists the fight isn’t over. Supporters and Cruz delegates are still encouraged to show up to the Republican convention in Cleveland if only to fight for the Republican platform.
“That’s why it’s important, and Senator Cruz as the leader of the conservative movement I think coming out of this convention will have an important voice in terms of how that platform shapes up and making sure that the conservative activists in the party have a platform that speaks to them,” said Ron Nehring.
Ted Cruz getting back into the race is a long-shot. Cruz himself admitted as much this morning, but according to his interview with supporter Glenn Beck, it’s not entirely impossible. If Ted Cruz wins Nebraska despite having dropped out of the race, the landscape could change just enough for Cruz to challenge Donald Trump once again.
“Well, I am not holding my breath, my assumption is that that will not happen,” Ted Cruz said this morning, tempering hopes that he might win Nebraska.
If Ted Cruz endorses Donald Trump, it could signal the end of those hopes, but so far, Cruz has remained reluctant to endorse the presumptive Republican nominee, Politico reports. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump savagely attacked one another in the press prior to Cruz bowing out, and the animosity borne of those personal attacks isn’t likely to dissipate anytime soon, Cruz says.
If you don’t like Trump as your only option, you can do something about it by voting for Cruz to #UNSUSPEND
— ✟ Right Scoop ✟ (@trscoop) May 10, 2016
“Glenn, you and I both want to see a president we can trust, a president we can trust with power who demonstrates the temperament not to abuse that power. That’s what elections are about. The voters in the primary seem to have made a choice, and we’ll see what happens as the months go forward. But I think we need to watch and see what the candidates do,” said Ted Cruz while speaking with Glenn Beck.
Cruz continued to urge his remaining supporters to keep fighting – if not for him, then for their cause – reiterating that the Republican convention isn’t for another two and a half months and the election is six months away. Plenty of time, Cruz says, for voters to change their minds.
“This is a choice every voter is going to have to make, and I would note that it’s not a choice we as voters have to make today,” said Ted Cruz.
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