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“As good as 2014’s going to be, 2016 is going to be even better,” said Cruz, who did not speak specifically about whether he would run for president.

Friday night’s events closed out two days of panel discussions about public lands, efforts to appeal to female and minority voters, and fundraising and campaign strategies.

At an earlier workshop Friday, officials from several Western states gathered to discuss their push to gain more control over public lands within their borders.

The group, which included U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and lawmakers from Montana, Nevada and Utah said states are missing out on revenue and opportunities to prevent wildfires.