Retaking the Home majority within the 2022 midterm elections is on the prime of Sen. Ted Cruz’s agenda this weekend because the conservative senator from Texas makes his first journey to Iowa this election cycle.
However the swing by way of the state that for half a century has kicked off the race for the White Home by the 2016 Republican presidential nomination runner-up is sparking extra hypothesis that Cruz is gearing up for one more White Home run in 2024.
“We’ll take again the bulk and the bulk within the Home of Representatives run straight by way of Iowa,” Cruz informed Fox Information in an interview Saturday after Cruz spoke at a fundraiser for first-term Rep. Ashley Hinson, a rising star within the GOP who narrowly defeated a Democratic incumbent final November and who might face a difficult reelection subsequent 12 months.
Republicans want a internet achieve of simply 5 Home seats in subsequent 12 months’s midterm elections to retake the Home majority they misplaced within the 2018 midterms, and this weekend Cruz is lending his assist in what he described as “two pivotal races.”
On Sunday, the senator would be the essential attraction at a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Nicole Hasso, who’s working to problem Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne in Iowa’s third Congressional District. The 2-term lawmaker and solely Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation is being closely focused by the GOP in subsequent 12 months’s midterms.
Cruz endorsed Hasso’s major bid earlier this month and he known as her “a robust conservative, a robust Christian. She’s precisely the type of candidate we have to be supporting to flip seats from blue to pink.”
The senator’s journey to Iowa is a part of his bigger effort to assist fellow Republicans working in subsequent 12 months’s contests, and is a comply with as much as his “25 for 20” program to help GOP congressional candidates throughout the 2020 cycle.
However 2024 hovers over Cruz’s journey to Iowa.
Cruz informed Newsmax earlier this 12 months that he’s “actually taking a look at it.”
The conservative firebrand – who used a strong floor sport and robust evangelical assist to edge then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to win the 2016 Iowa caucuses – informed Fox Information forward of his journey that “I stay up for doing the whole lot humanly potential to assist pull us again from the brink and towards freedom and prosperity.”
And he highlighted that “I’ve little question within the battle for 2024, Iowa will play a significant function.”
In his dialog with Fox Information after his speech on Saturday, Cruz continued the reward.
“It is nice to be again. I really like the state of Iowa. I really like the folks of Iowa. It has been 5 years since I have been in Linn County. I have never been right here in a very long time. And it is great to see so many mates,” he famous.
And pointing to the state’s longtime lead off place within the presidential nominating calendar, he pressured that “the women and men of Iowa, they’ve a accountability nationally. They’ve a accountability each 4 years that they vet candidates in each events. And the folks of Iowa take that accountability severely.”
Rubio making first journey to Iowa this cycle
Cruz isn’t the one 2016 GOP presidential candidate who might have nationwide ambitions once more in 2024 who’s stopping in Iowa this week.
Rubio spends Monday and Tuesday within the state, as he headlines a few occasions together with an Iowa GOP reception.
The 2-term senator first elected to the Senate within the 2010 Tea Celebration wave faces a probably difficult reelection subsequent 12 months, and that’s his marketing campaign focus.
“I’ve received issues I wish to end engaged on within the Senate, and that’s proper earlier than me now and that’s what I’m going to give attention to,” he mentioned in a June interview with Fox Information.
However Rubio’s not ruling out making one other run for the White Home in 2024 or down the street.
“Certain, it may very well be. It relies upon,” he mentioned.
Pompeo stops in N.H. this week
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who’s been flirting with a possible 2024 presidential run, stops on Tuesday in New Hampshire, the state that for a century’s held the primary major within the White Home race.
The journey by the previous congressman from Kansas, who served as CIA director after which America’s prime diplomat throughout the Trump administration, follows visits earlier this summer time in Iowa and South Carolina, which holds the primary southern major and votes third within the GOP nominating calendar.
Requested about 2024, Pompeo, a Fox Information contributor, mentioned in an interview final month that “my spouse and I’ll pray and we’ll assume our approach by way of it and after we hit 2023, we’ll determine our approach by way of it.”
Do Floridians need DeSantis to run for president?
Two-thirds of Republicans questioned mentioned they’d prefer to see their governor make a White Home bid in 2024, however assist for such a transfer dropped to 35% amongst independents and simply 2% of Democrats.
DeSantis – a conservative congressman who was narrowly elected Florida governor in 2018 with the assist from then-President Trump – noticed his reputation surge amongst Republican voters in his state and across the nation final 12 months and early this 12 months, thanks largely to his combative pushback towards COVID restrictions amid the pandemic. And that’s fueled hypothesis about doubtless nationwide ambitions. DeSantis has change into the clear second alternative behind Trump in early 2024 GOP nomination polling.
DeSantis has confronted withering criticism in current weeks for his push to ban masks mandates within the state’s public colleges, as new COVID instances in Florida soar because of the extremely infections Delta variant.
Fox Information’ Robert Sherman contributed to this report