Speaking with Anderson Cooper at a CNN town hall event on Wednesday evening, Ted Cruz had nothing but positive things to say about his former primary opponent, Senator Marco Rubio. He also didn’t shy away from indicating that he is seriously considering the possibility of a Cruz/Rubio unity ticket.
Cruz stated, “you’d be a fool not to look at [Rubio] seriously. He’s very, very talented.”
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ANDERSON COOPER: Marco Rubio just yesterday said he hopes, quote “they’ll nominate a conservative and the only one who fits that criteria is you.” Is there a chance we could see a Cruz/Rubio unity ticket? The two of you could cut a deal in which he gives you his delegates?
TED CRUZ: I think very, very highly of Marco. I appreciated those kind comments he made. 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. When he ran for senate in 2010, his underdog race in Florida inspired me. It was one of the inspirations that led me to run two years later in Texas. I think in world of Marco.
COOPER: Is that really true? You had tough words during the campaign. Is that part of how it works?
CRUZ: 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.
COOPER: Could you see a Cruz/Rubio ticket?
CRUZ: 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.
COOPER: You aren’t ruling it out?
CRUZ: He would be someone you’d be a fool not to look at seriously. He’s very, very talented.
Rubio has said many times since he dropped out of the race that he has no interest in being anyone’s vice president. So, the question now is: if Cruz is seriously looking at Marco Rubio as a VP contender, would Rubio be willing to reconsider?