Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says there’s an “incredible volatility” in politics and the race between President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden — and that he doesn’t remember an election with “so wide” a wide range of possible outcomes.
In an interview with NBC News’ “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd released online Sunday, Cruz clarified remarks about a possible Democratic sweep on Election Day.
“I think there’s an incredible volatility in politics,” he said, adding, “I believe Trump can win… I also think it is possible that we see a Democratic sweep.”
"I don’t think I remember an election where… the distance between those two things is so wide,” he said.
According to Cruz, if voters are “optimistic, that will help Republicans… If they’re pessimistic, that will help Democrats.”
“This is a turnout issue,” he said. “The big open question is do they show up.”
Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Friday,Cruz suggested Republicans could face a “bloodbath” in November akin to the 1974 midterms, when the Watergate scandal and President Nixon’s resignation led to widespread Democratic gains.
“I am worried. It’s volatile, it’s highly volatile ... if people are going back to work, if they’re optimistic, if they’re positive about the future, we could see a fantastic election — the president getting reelected with a big margin, Republicans winning both Houses of Congress and I think that’s a real possibility,” Cruz told the business network.
“But I also think if on Election Day people are angry and they’ve given up hope and they’re depressed, which is what [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi [D-Calif.] and [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer [D-N.Y.] want them to be, I think it could be a terrible election," he said. "I think we could lose the White House and both houses of Congress, that it could be a bloodbath of Watergate proportions.”
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