Cruz Says Rubio Has 'Terrific' VP Potential

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Sen. Marco Rubio of FloridaSen. Marco Rubio of Florida

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is looking at possible running mates, and former GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida may be on his list.

During an April 13 CNN town hall event, Cruz told host Anderson Cooper that it would be foolish to not consider Rubio as a vice presidential candidate, according to Real Clear Politics.

His comments came in response to Cooper mentioning how Rubio said in an interview with LevinTV the day before that he hopes the Republican Party will nominate a conservative and that he thinks the only candidate that fits that criteria is Cruz.

“I think very, very highly of Marco. I appreciated those kind comments he made,” Cruz told Cooper. “He's an amazing communicator. One of the best communicators in the Republican Party. And he ran a campaign that inspired millions across this country. It inspired me."

“I think the world of Marco,” Cruz added.

Cooper questioned Cruz’s response by referring to “harsh words” the two exchanged while campaigning, of which Cruz brushed aside as part of the political process.

“It's a campaign. He was trying to beat me. I was trying to beat him. That's what happens in a campaign. I consider Marco a friend,” Cruz said.

“Could you see a Cruz/Rubio ticket?” Cooper asked.

“Anyone would naturally look at Marco as one who would be a terrific person to consider for VP. We're in the process of considering a number of different options,” Cruz said.

When asked if he was not ruling Rubio out as an option, Cruz said he is someone “you’d be a fool to not look at seriously.”

“He’s very, very talented,” he said.

Sources: Real Clear Politics, LevinTV/YouTube / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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