Ted Cruz is already in the process of assessing potential vice presidential candidates, he suggested on Wednesday when asked whether he would consider a unity ticket with Marco Rubio.
“Anyone would naturally look at Marco as one of the people who would be a terrific person to consider for VP,” Cruz said in a town hall hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “We’re in the process now of considering a number of different options.”
When Cooper clarified that Cruz was not ruling out tapping Rubio, his former presidential rival, Cruz replied: “He would be someone you would be a fool not to look at seriously. He’s very, very talented.”
Before he exited the race, Rubio and Cruz clashed frequently, something Cruz dismissed Wednesday as “what happens in a campaign” as he described Rubio as a friend and praised him as a great communicator. Earlier Wednesday, Rubio, the Florida senator, said that Cruz is the only conservative left in the race, though he later said those comments weren’t intended to serve as an endorsement.
Cruz’s remarks on Rubio came as part of a wide-ranging town hall, most of which he spent onstage with his wife, Heidi. They spent the bulk of the evening discussing their family — they have two young daughters, who also appeared onstage (Caroline is the “rascally” one and like her father; Catherine is the sweet one, like her mother, and prone to “marshmallow hugs,” Cruz said); their relationship, and lighter topics, including favorite movies (“Legally Blonde” for Heidi Cruz; “Princess Bride,” the “Godfather” series and “Amazing Grace” for the senator).
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