U.S. Senator [score]Ted Cruz[/score] worked very hard and diligently on his 2016 presidential campaign, and nearly won the GOP nomination. I’m very proud of him finishing in second place of the delegate count out of 17 candidates. While it may be a hard pill to swallow knowing he suspended his campaign, this clearly is not the end of his political future.
Some have advocated a possible 2020 presidential campaign for Cruz, which I would fully support. If he were to run and win, it wouldn’t be the first time a candidate has won on their second attempt. There are some comparisons to be made between Ronald Reagan and Ted Cruz. After Reagan nearly defeated incumbent President Gerald Ford in the 1976 Republican primary, he prevailed in 1980 and the rest is history. Likewise, Cruz could have clinched the nomination if it were not for Donald Trump. In 2020, he will be in potentially his second term as a Senator, gain more experience, and have another shot at winning the highest public office in the land.
This is not to say that there are no other potential candidates I would vote for this year. David French has recently been talked about as a possible Independent candidate. Either voting for him or writing in Ted Cruz would be my two choices because I cannot support Donald Trump on the GOP ticket, nor Gary Johnson, who in my view is more of a leftist than a libertarian.
So a 2020 run for Cruz may not be a bad idea because, after 4 years of Hillary or Trump, voters will hopefully take another look at a true constitutional conservative. We need someone who has the proven record of being a conservative, not one who only says they are. Cruz loves this country and I know he will continue to fight for freedom and limited government every day as long as he is in public office.