Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a former contender for the Republican presidential nomination, attended a dinner with more than 20 leading conservatives to flesh out his comeback as a movement standard-bearer in the order of Ronald Reagan.
The Hill reported that a dinned held in the home of conservative activist Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, was held with 20 leading conservatives to discuss Ted Cruz’s future after his loss to Donald Trump in the presidential primary.
They are planning a way to set him up for a future presidential campaign from his position as senator.
“There was just discussion of the future of the movement and the future of Ted Cruz as the leader of the movement,” Bozell told The Hill.
“There are a lot of similarities with Reagan in ’76, where Reagan came very close and then in ’80 won the presidency,” he said.
“It wasn’t a function of ignoring [Trump] or he wasn’t worth our time. … There were people in that room who’ve taken different positions on this race. You’ve got the Never Trump and you’ve got people who are for Trump in that room.
“I wanted to keep the focus on the future of the movement and Ted Cruz.”
Bozell said he derived “a feeling of enthusiasm for [Cruz] going forward.”
“He was with kindred spirits, and I would say most people in that room see him as the leader of the conservative movement.”
The Texas lawmaker has not yet endorsed the billionaire businessman, but has pledged to use his leverage at the GOP Convention in July to ensure “Judeo-Christian principles” remain on the party’s platform.
Senator Ted Cruz is becoming the leader of the Conservative movement for some top Conservative leaders.