CNBC's Joe Kernen to Ted Cruz: 'Could You Win in 2016?'

Cruz: Well, if we don't nominate a conservative, Hillary Clinton will be the next president

Ted Cruz said in a CNBC interview Thursday that the only way for his party to win back the White House is to nominate a conservative in 2016, or else Hillary Clinton will win.

“We need to learn from history,” Cruz said on Squawk Box. “One thing is clear. If Republicans run another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or a Mitt Romney, all 3 aree good and honorable men … we will end up with the same result, which is millions of people will stay home on Election Day.  If we run another candidate like that, Hillary Clinton will be the next president"