Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is calling out former President Trump for not spending more of his $100 million war chest to boost Republican Senate candidates ahead of next week’s midterm elections.
In an episode of his podcast, “Verdict with Ted Cruz,” which aired Monday, Cruz lamented that Trump spent “almost none” of his huge cash reserves on major Senate races, arguing he should belong to the former president to provide crucial air cover to the candidates he backed.
“I will say in passing that I wish Trump had spent some of his money,” Cruz said. “Trump has $100 million and he’s spending next to nothing of it supporting these candidates.”
Cruz also accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of withholding critical political dollars from “pro-Trump” candidates, while funneling money into races where “moderates” and Trump’s critics are coming forward.
“It would be nice if Trump spent some of that $100 million to help some of these candidates that Mitch is dropping because they’re pro-Trump,” Cruz said. “Those are the two pockets of money that are there, and at the moment neither of them is spending in a number of these states. They are not.”
Cruz’s comments echoed a point of criticism raised by many Republicans for months that Trump hasn’t spent enough to help his favored candidates at a time when the GOP has a real shot at regaining control of the Senate. .
While Trump hasn’t stayed entirely on the sidelines, his midterm involvement for much of the past year and a half has focused on issuing endorsements and holding occasional rallies for politically aligned candidates. Meanwhile, Republican Senate candidates routinely struggle to keep pace with their Democratic opponents in fundraising.
Republican outside groups have stepped in and increased their spending over the past month. This includes a newly formed Trump-backed super PAC called MAGA Inc, which was created to serve as the former president’s primary political vehicle in the home stretch of midterm campaigns.