Cruz Says It’s Too Early for Measuring Drapes for Hillary

Senator Ted Cruz said the Amtrak Acela corridor between New York and Washington is putting too much stock in the idea that Hillary Clinton will be the next U.S. president.

The remarks from the Texas Republican, himself a potential candidate for the presidency in 2016, came during a Bloomberg Government breakfast today in Washington.

There are a “lot of folks” who are “convinced Hillary Clinton’s already been elected president,” Cruz said.

“They’ve already measured the drapes, moved in, it’s a done deal, and everyone’s buying their tickets at the inaugural parade,” he said. “I think that is far less likely to occur than is the conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C., and Manhattan.”

The Tea Party favorite said there’s a “natural pendulum” in politics that will swing back to the Republican Party because “the undeniable fact is that the Obama economic policies are not working.”

That would be good news for a growing field of Republican hopefuls. While Cruz has consistently dodged questions about whether he’ll join that group, he says a full slate of candidates is healthy for his party as long as they are embracing “free market principles and the Constitution.”

“Nothing would make me happier than to see every candidate who is potentially thinking about running in 2016 stand up and lead to pull this country back from the fiscal and economic brink,” Cruz said. “Nothing would make me happier than to let 1,000 flowers bloom.”

“As a primary voter, the person for whom I intend to vote in 2016 is whoever is standing up and leading.”

Cruz stopped short of identifying himself as that candidate, saying he hopes to do “everything I can” to lead the fight on policy. “My focus is just doing the job. The rest of it, the politics, will take care of itself.”

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