EXCLUSIVE: Senator Ted Cruz said he was “incredibly optimistic” about Tuesday’s midterm elections. He is confident there will be a “red tsunami” and predicts big victories for Republicans in the House and Senate.
Cruz, R-Texas, said during an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital at the end of his month-long bus tour that he believed Republicans would “take back the House and Senate.”
“I’m incredibly optimistic,” he said. “I think it’s not just going to be a red wave, it’s going to be a red tsunami.”
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Cruz predicted Tuesday’s election results could mirror the 2010 election because of “the magnitude of the changes that voters are looking for.”
Cruz’s nationwide bus tour, which began in October and ended over the weekend, hit 17 states and 25 cities in support of 29 candidates.
“We traveled more than 9,000 miles for 29 different candidates,” Cruz said, adding that he and he helped raise more than $4 million for candidates across the country, including Karoline Leavitt, the Republican nominee in the 1st congressional district of New Hampshire; Texas GOP congressional candidates Cassy Garcia, Mayra Flores and Monica De La Cruz; Virginia’s GOP congressional candidate Yesli Vega and more.
Cruz had also attended 59 political events and rallies for other candidates, held 34 fundraisers, and endorsed 65 general election candidates.
Most of the candidates that Cruz supported in the primary who went on to become the Republican candidate in their race were conservative candidates who did not tend to be favorites of the GOP leadership.
“The Republican leadership tends to inundate moderate candidates who are taking orders from the leadership with money, and often leaves conservatives gasping — conservatives who are strong, viable candidates, but they are leaving them severely underfunded,” Cruz said . “I think the leadership should stay out of primaries … when they do get involved in primaries, they’re almost always wrong.”
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He added: “They consistently back the moderates against the conservatives, and they often lose when they do.”
Referring again to the 2010 midterm election, Cruz said, “The Senate leadership has actively lobbied against Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey.”
“They backed the more moderate candidate because they didn’t want a more conservative candidate and that went so badly for the Senate leadership,” he said.
Meanwhile, in his final pitch to voters, Cruz told Fox News Digital that “the path we’re on is profoundly wrong.”
“In my life I have never seen so much damage done to our nation in two short years,” Cruz said. “Every single policy pushed through by the radicals who took over the Democratic Party has been a disaster.”
Cruz said inflation is “out of control, gas prices are skyrocketing, crime is out of control and people’s families are in real danger.”
“Illegal immigration is at an all-time high and we have chaos on our southern border,” Cruz continued. “America’s standing in the world has been profoundly weakened as every enemy of America grew stronger under the weakness and appeasement of this administration.”
He added, “I think Americans across the country are desperate to change the path that we’re on.”
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Cruz said he asked potential voters this question at every campaign stop he made: “Is your life better now than it was before Joe Biden became president?”
“And if you happen to be a big tech billionaire or a human trafficker or a fentanyl dealer, then the answer is definitely yes, and you should probably vote Democrat,” Cruz said.
“But if you’re not, if you’re a truck driver, or a steelworker, or a cop, or a firefighter, or a teacher, or a waiter or waitress, or a mother, or a retired senior, or a young person leaving school, yours Life has gotten much, much harder under the radical left politics,” said Cruz.
“And this election is absolutely critical to pulling us back from the brink that our nation is on,” he said.
Cruz, who ran for president in 2016, was presented as a potential GOP nominee for the White House in 2024, but when he pushed for an answer on his plans for the next presidential cycle, he poked.
“There will be plenty of time in the coming months for people to focus on 2024. My focus right now is completely on Tuesday’s election — the 2022 election,” Cruz said. “We have to take back both the House and the Senate and I think it’s crucial that we have a majority and we use that majority and I’m also focused on electing strong Conservatives.”
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However, Cruz said that in 2024, “obviously the $64,000 question is what is Donald Trump doing?”
“The honest answer is nobody knows. Anyone who tells you they know is making things up,” Cruz said. “He’ll make his decision, I don’t know what his timing will be.”
The former president first told Fox News Digital in November 2021 that he would wait until after the midterm elections to make any announcements about his plans for 2024. He has stuck to that schedule but has increased his speech at rallies in recent days and continued to signal his intentions to launch a third presidential campaign.
Cruz added, “One of the prerogatives he gets as a past president is the prerogative to make that decision and then everyone else will react accordingly once he does.”