Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said the 2016 election will go to the Democrats and Hillary Clinton if his party chooses another moderate candidate like Mitt Romney, John McCain, or Bob Dole.
In an interview with CNBC, Cruz said the Republicans
need to be concerned with how they’re going to win the next election.
“Because there is an urgency. The stakes have never been higher, and I think eight more years down this road, we risk doing irreparable damage to the greatest nation in the world,” Cruz said. “The only way for Republicans to win, I believe, is to run a candidate who runs as a strong conservative with a positive optimistic hopefulness.”
Choosing the right candidate is critical, he added.
“We need to look to history and what works and what doesn’t. If Republicans run another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or a Mitt Romney ... we will end up with the same result, which is millions of people will stay home on Election Day. And if we run another candidate like that, Hillary Clinton will be the next president.”
Cruz made it clear he had nothing against the Republicans he listed who had run in the past for president. “All three of those are good honorable men, they’re decent men, they’re patriots,” he told CNBC.
During the interview, Cruz was asked about the possibility of a Jeb Bush run for president. He didn’t give his thoughts on that, just noting that Bush had not announced his intentions.
Cruz is one of the possible Republican candidates who could run in 2016, along with Bush.
“Early polls on the 2016 GOP race have Jeb Bush, known for his more moderate stances on immigration, near the top with Cruz farther down the list,” USA Today wrote
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