Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) said in a Fox News appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures” that he does not doubt that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is making decisions about scheduling Senate votes based on concerns about his political future. Specifically, Cramer said that Schumer is worried about the possibility that he will face a primary challenge next year from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Cramer said that Schumer is also feeling pressure from the White House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi and “wondering what direction to go.” He added that Schumer is aware of several other Democratic Senators who would vote for Joe Biden’s massive “Build Back Better” budget reconciliation spending bill even though it could “lead to their political demise.”
He said it is a “great tragedy” that the Democratic Party has become beholden to a “bizarre socialist agenda.” He added that they are under pressure because they have control of the White House and both houses of Congress.
Cramer added that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) “may well save” the Democratic Party as the main holdout against Build Back Better.
In discussing the 2024 Republican primary for president, he noted that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) might be a logical prospect, given his runner-up status in the 2016 primary. He said that the tradition has been for runners-up to become the “heir apparent,” although Donald Trump had “blown up” that system when he won the nomination and presidency.
Cramer said he would be “shocked” if Cruz did not run again in 2024. He also said that he thinks former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could “make a great president someday.” He said that the Republicans have a “richness” of talented people with the proper credentials to lead the country. He went on to say that if Donald Trump decides to run again, there is a “pretty good chance” he would become the nominee.