- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz said anyone would naturally look at Sen. Marco Rubio as a possible option when weighing who to tap as a vice presidential nominee and said Mr. Rubio’s 2010 U.S. Senate run helped inspire Mr. Cruz’s own successful bid two years later.

“Look, anyone would naturally look at Marco as one of the people who would be a terrific person to consider for VP. And we’re in the process now of considering a number of different options,” Mr. Cruz said at a CNN town hall Wednesday evening.

“He would be someone that you would be a fool not to look at seriously. He’s very, very talented,” Mr. Cruz said.

In a recent interview with radio host Mark Levin on “LevinTV,” Mr. Rubio said that he wants the GOP nominee to be a conservative, and that Mr. Cruz is the only candidate still actively campaigning who fits that criteria.

Mr. Cruz said he appreciated the comments and praised Mr. Rubio as one of the best communicators in the Republican Party.

“And he ran a campaign that inspired millions across this country. It inspired me,” Mr. Cruz said. “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. So I think the world of Marco.”

Mr. Rubio, who suspended his campaign last month, has also said that he’s not interested in being anyone’s vice president.

At a CNN town hall earlier in the week, GOP front-runner Donald Trump said he would want a “Washington person” on his ticket but that it was too early to get into specific names.

“I’m going to do so well with so many different things,” Mr. Trump said. “But I do want — you don’t need two like me. I want to have somebody that can deal with Congress, that gets along with Congress — that’s a Washington person.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, meanwhile, has recently likened choosing a vice president to “measuring the drapes.”

In his CNN town hall this week, Mr. Kasich also said he would be “the worst vice president the country ever saw.”

“You know why? Because I’m not like a vice president. I’m a president,” he said.

“Look, I’m running for the top job. And if I don’t get the top job, OK, I’m still governor of Ohio,” he said.


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