Sen. Ted Cruz may be cruising toward another bid at the presidency.

In an interview with the Truth Gazette, Cruz was asked if he would consider running for the White House, and the Texas Republican said his race in 2016 puts him in a good position to win the GOP nomination.


"Absolutely, in a heartbeat. You know I ran in 2016. It was the most fun I've ever had in my life," he said. "I ended up placing second. You know, there's a reason historically that the runner-up is almost always the next nominee."

Cruz lost his bid for the Republican nomination to Donald Trump in 2016, but he finished second in terms of delegates.

He faced a bitter contest with Trump in the waning days of the election cycle. At one point, Trump attacked Cruz's wife and his father. As a result, Cruz initially declined to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention.

However, he ultimately endorsed Trump several months later over Hillary Clinton in the general election and became an ally of Trump in the Senate.

Numerous second-place finishers went on to gain their party's nomination in subsequent races. Examples include Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Hillary Clinton.

But not all second-place finishers went on to win their party's nomination in subsequent contests. Former Sen. Rick Santorum was the Republican runner-up in 2012 but lost when he tried again in 2016. Sen. Bernie Sanders was the runner-up in 2016 in the Democratic primaries but lost when he ran again in 2020.


The Truth Gazette is a conservative news service run by 15-year-old Brilyn Hollyhand, who said the company will release the full interview Friday and that it will include other topics such as Cruz's relationship with Trump and Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat running for Texas governor.