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Conservative Leaders Begin to Plan Cruz Comeback

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 12:13 PM

Around 30 conservative leaders have begun planning the next phase of Sen. Ted Cruz's political career, which will likely include another run at the presidency in 2020, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Conservative activist Brent Bozell said the leaders are working on "the beginning of the future for Ted Cruz."

"The goal was to begin the conversation on projecting Ted Cruz forward as a leader of the conservative movement and to start charting the course for the future with him," Bozell said, the Journal reports. 

Bozell hosted a planning session in Virginia, attended by Cruz with his Senate Chief of Staff Paul Teller. According to the Journal, other attendees included Club for Growth president David McIntosh, Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint, and Ohio conservative activist Ken Blackwell.

He told the Journal that Cruz and the leaders are aiming for a conservative movement to mirror Ronald Reagan's 1976 presidential run, in which Reagan was defeated by President Gerald Ford, then came back to win in 1980.

"A lot of work went on between 1976 and 1980, and the movement now has to think in those same terms," Bozell said.

Cruz, age 45, is "a very young guy," Bozell said, and he is willing to bide his time before the next presidential campaign. "He has buried his ambition, but he knows where he buried it."

The Texas senator has continued to decline to endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. "I, like many voters, am watching and listening to what he says and what he does. That's what millions of voters are doing. That's the way the democratic process is meant to operate," Cruz said, Politico reports.

However, Cruz appeared open to endorsing Trump. He told The Weekly Standard that Trump would not need to apologize to Cruz's wife or father for the comments Trump made about them in order to get his endorsement. "

"What matters is not the personal insults," Cruz said, "What matters is who we can trust to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, to get Washington off the backs of small businesses, and bring back jobs, and to keep America safe."

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