Senator Ted Cruz said Friday that he believes the 2020 presidential election is a “coin flip” that President Donald Trump could “absolutely” lose amid growing anger from Democrats across the country. However, Cruz avoided explicitly saying that Trump’s attacks on congresswomen of color could hurt his chances at reelection.
Appearing on PBS’ Firing Line with Margaret Hoover Friday night, Cruz was pressed to handicap the 2020 presidential race. “So you believe that Donald Trump could be defeated?” Hoover asked the senator from Texas.
“Absolutely. I personally handicap the 2020 election as a coin flip; I think it’s about 50-50,” responded Cruz. “I want to see the president reelected, I’m working hard to help the president get reelected and think he certainly can get reelected. But I think we are gonna see staggering Democratic turnout in 2020.”
When asked if Trump’s racially-charged rhetoric may hurt his chances in 2020, Sen @tedcruz doesn’t directly answer: “I wish he would say things differently. I don’t have the power to change that.”
@MargaretHoover follows up: “I’m going to take it as yes.” #FiringLineShowPBS pic.twitter.com/WCEeNyr3sI
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) July 19, 2019