Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE (R-Texas) on Wednesday said he's focused on this year's elections for control of the Senate, not a possible run for the White House in 2016.

“What I can tell you is my focus right now is on the Senate, on trying to win control of the Senate. I think Republicans can take control of the Senate in 2014,” Cruz said Wednesday on Fox News's “Hannity.” 

As for 2016, the Tea Party Republican said he intends to vote for whomever is “effectively leading the charge for free market principles and the Constitution.” 

“That's who our nominee should be. And I hope everyone who's thinking about it steps up, leads. I hope we have an abundance of riches. That would be a terrific outcome for the country,” Cruz said. 

Cruz is seen as a likely candidate himself, and has visited important primary states.

Next month he’ll speak at a homecoming rally in Iowa hosted by the state’s Christian Home Educators group. In mid-April, Cruz will travel to New Hampshire for the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, sponsored by Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity.