(DCWatchdog.com) – Republican US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced he is running for office in 2024, though not for President of the United States but for a third term in the US Senate.
Cruz has already run unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination. In 2016, he remained second in the Republican primaries losing the nomination to Donald Trump. He is polling among potential contenders for the 2024 presidential nomination in the low single digits.
“I’m running for reelection to the Senate,” Cruz declared on the CBS program “Face the Nation” as host Margaret Brennan asked him whether he would vie for the Republican nomination.
“There’s a reason I’m in Texas today. I’m not in Iowa, I’m in Texas, and I’m fighting for 30 million Texans,” the GOP senator added.
In his interview, Cruz justified his third term candidacy with Texans wanting him to continue to fight for them even though he has proposed legislation to limit US senators to two six-year terms.
“I’m a passionate defender of term limits. I think that Congress would work much better if every senator were limited to two terms and if every House member were limited to three terms. I’ve introduced a constitutional amendment to put that into the Constitution,” Cruz stated.
“I will happily comply [if the amendment passes],” he added.
At the same time, he pointed out that he “never said I’m going to unilaterally comply.”
“I’ll tell you what, when the socialists and when the swamp are ready to leave Washington, I will be more than happy to comply with the same rules that apply for everyone. But until then, I’m going to keep fighting for 30 million Texans because they’ve asked me to,” the Republican declared.
In the same TV appearance, Cruz partly lauded President Joe Biden for “having the guts to shoot” a Chinese spy balloon but criticized him for waiting “a week after it entered US airspace.”
“Imagine how this would have played out if nobody had taken any pictures of the balloon, if nobody in Montana had looked up and noticed this giant balloon if it wasn’t in the news,” the US senator said.
“I think the only reason they shot it down is because it made it into the news, and they felt forced to as a matter of politics rather than national security. That’s a bad message for the Chinese government to hear,” he commented.
As the top GOP senator on the Senate Commerce Committee, Cruz discussed how Chinese social media company TikTok was doing damage to America.
“The degree to which they have infiltrated our children is really disturbing. There are problems in terms of the messages that they’re pushing on young kids… you have messages of self-harm, where the algorithms push self-harm messages on young girls,” Cruz elaborated.
He added that the Chinese communist government had access to all information TikTok collects, which meant US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should have a hearing about it.
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Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Sunday that he's seeking a third term to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, rather than working on a campaign for the White House in the 2024 election cycle. https://t.co/7orUdJckg0
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