Ted Cruz mulls 2024 presidential bid, says his 2016 campaign ‘was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life’

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) heads to a vote on the Senate floor on June 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz said he’s “certainly looking” at a 2024 presidential bid.
  • “I’ll tell you, 2016 was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life,” he told Newsmax on Thursday.
  • Cruz lost the 2016 GOP presidential nomination to then-candidate Donald Trump.
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he’s thinking about a 2024 bid for the White House in an interview on Thursday evening.

“Well, sure, I’m certainly looking at it,” Cruz said during an appearance on Newsmax.

“I’ll tell you, 2016 was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life,” he continued, reflecting on his last presidential campaign.

The Texas senator was the first candidate to run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, eventually facing a crowded field of 17 opponents, including real estate mogul and celebrity Donald Trump.

Cruz had held a strong position in the primary elections, yet Trump repeatedly garnered the most Republican support as the frontrunner. Cruz dropped out of the race in May after he lost the Indiana primary to Trump.

“We came incredibly close, had an incredible grassroots army,” Cruz told Newsmax.

At the time, Cruz refused to endorse Trump once he became the presumptive GOP nominee. The two bitterly feuded for months on the campaign trail, infamously attacking each other’s wives and lobbing insults at one another.

“It’s not easy to tick me off. I don’t get angry often, but if you mess with my wife, if you mess with my kids, that will do it every time,” Cruz told reporters after Trump tweeted a photo mocking Cruz’s wife. “Donald, you’re a sniveling coward and leave Heidi the hell alone.”

Over the past four years, the two have become allies. Cruz was one of the many GOP officials that perpetuated Trump’s lies that the 2020 race was rigged. The Republican lawmaker also led the challenge to the election results in the Senate.

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle later blasted Cruz’s efforts to discredit the election results. GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming has said that the move should be a “disqualifying” factor in the 2024 race.

Should Cruz run in 2024, Trump could become his opponent yet again, as the former president has left open the possibility of launching his third presidential campaign.

Cruz told Newsmax that his focus right now is on the battle for the Senate in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

“Whether it is in the Senate, or whether it is in a presidential campaign, I’m committed to fighting to defend free enterprise, to defend freedom, and to defend the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” he said.

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Biden boasts record approval rating among young Americans, poll says

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President Joe Biden speaks during an event with the CEOs of Johnson & Johnson and Merck at the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building March 10, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • President Biden has a 63% approval rating among young voters, according to a Harvard poll.
  • Biden also boasts a 59% job approval rating among voters aged 18 to 29.
  • Since the president’s election, minority Americans have seen a surge in hopefulness for the future.
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President Joe Biden boasts a 63% approval rating among young Americans aged 18 to 29, according to a new poll released by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, which represents the highest figure for any president in the survey’s 21-year history.

The Institute’s data revealed that among Biden’s predecessors, then-President Donald Trump’s highest approval rating among young voters peaked at 33% in 2019, with then-President Barack Obama reaching 57% approval in 2016 and then-President George W. Bush with a 61% approval rating in 2003.

The Harvard Youth Poll showed that 59% of Americans aged 18 to 29 approve of Biden’s overall job performance.

Biden received positive marks on a range of issues, including his handling of the coronavirus pandemic (65% approval) and the economy (53% approval), along with climate change (58% approval), national security (52% approval), education (58% approval), and race relations (57% approval).

The president’s surge in favorability is a stark contrast to the Harvard poll from last spring, when only 34% of young American adults viewed him favorably.

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The poll also reflected the renewed optimism that younger Americans now have compared to 2017, during Trump’s first full year office. That fall, only 31% of young Americans were hopeful about the country’s future – 56% of young Americans are now hopeful, a huge turnaround.

The change even more dramatic for young Black and Hispanic Americans.

In 2017, only 18% of young Black Americans said they were hopeful about the country. That figure has skyrocketed to 72% in the new survey.

Among young Hispanic Americans, 29% expressed hope for the future in 2017, a number which climbed to 69% in the latest poll.

Young Black Americans gave Biden a 77% job approval rating in the poll, followed by young Hispanic Americans with 70% approval and young white Americans with a 48% approval rating.

Similar to older adults, variations in Biden’s approval rating due to geographic differences were evident in the poll.

While 69% of young Americans living in urban areas and 60% in the suburbs gave a thumbs up to Biden’s job performance, the numbers declined to 51% approval among young Americans in small towns and 42% approval for young Americans in rural areas.

The Harvard Youth poll was conducted between March 9 and March 22 with 2,513 Americans aged 18 to 29.

The margin of error for the overall sample was 2.6 percentage points.

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Track all of Biden’s executive orders and actions as president

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President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of executive orders at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office on Wednesday.

  • President Joe Biden has signed a series of executive orders on his first weeks in office.
  • Many revoked Trump’s actions, laid out Biden’s policy goals, and focused on the pandemic.
  • Track Biden’s executive actions in the interactive graphic below.
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President Joe Biden exercised his power on his first day in office with a series of executive orders, already ticking off some items on his agenda and undoing his predecessor’s legacy.

Roughly five hours after being sworn in as the 46th president on Wednesday, Biden signed a stack of actions, many of which targeted former President Donald Trump’s policies.

“There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face,” Biden said. “That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.”

Biden revoked Trump’s controversial ban on travel from majority-Muslim countries, halted construction of the former president’s wall along the US-Mexico border, and extended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protecting young immigrants who came to the US as children.

Issuing executive orders is typically among presidents’ first duties. Biden outpaced Trump, who on his first day in office signed only one order, to begin a reversal of the Affordable Care Act, which ultimately was unsuccessful.

Biden took the reins of the presidency during a tumultuous period for the nation, still reeling from the deadly Capitol riot and the coronavirus pandemic. The new president repeated calls for unity in his inauguration ceremony and issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday a “National Day of Unity.”

Beyond bridging political divides, Biden has the monumental task of combatting a raging public-health crisis. More than 400,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the US.

Wearing a mask at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Biden kicked off his pandemic response with a “100 Days Masking Challenge” and issued a mask mandate in federal buildings.

This graphic categorizes all of Biden’s executive orders, memoranda, and proclamations. If you click on an action, it will take you to the full text and details from the White House. We’ll keep it updated.

On day one, Biden also rejoined the Paris climate accord, an international treaty that the Obama administration adopted and Trump abandoned. And Biden stopped the US’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization, which Trump had initiated last summer after accusing the United Nations agency of cozying up to China.

Biden extended an eviction moratorium and student-loan-payment deferments to support Americans struggling financially during the pandemic.

Since those actions were presidential statements or agency directives, they aren’t included in the graphic. You can find all of Biden’s statements, actions, and directives on the White House website, or in the Federal Register.

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