Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday revealed he is considering his former rival in the Republican presidential race Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) as his running mate, a day after Rubio gave him an unofficial endorsement.
In a CNN town hall meeting on Wednesday, Cruz said that while frontrunner Donald Trump may be leading in the race for 1,237 delegates needed to seal the nomination, he is confident that if he can prevent Trump from reaching that number, he can come out on top at a contested Republican convention in July.
Cruz said he and his team are considering possible vice presidential running mates, noting, "we’re in the process now of looking at a number of different options."
When asked about Rubio, Cruz said he is an "amazing communicator" who inspired millions with his campaign, and added that Rubio's 2010 run for Senate also inspired him to run in 2012.
"I consider Marco a friend,” added Cruz, saying that "anyone would naturally look at Marco" as a running mate and clarifying he is considering a joint run.
"He is someone that you would be a fool not to look at, he is very, very talented."
Cruz's comments come a day after Rubio on Tuesday gave his first interview since quitting the Republican presidential race, and while speaking with host Mark Levin he gave an unofficial endorsement for Cruz.
"I want the Republican nominee to be a conservative…and the best person – and in my view the only person at this moment of the candidates still currently campaigning – is Ted Cruz," Rubio said.
In response, talk show host Hugh Hewitt said on MSNBC that "Mark Levin is 100% with Ted Cruz. For Sen. Rubio to…sit down with Levin and say 'I want him (Cruz) to be the real conservative' – that's an endorsement in all but name and I think that's very significant."
Both Cruz and Rubio have gone on record as staunch supporters of Israel, and have opposed peace talks noting there is no other side for the Jewish state to negotiate with as the Palestinians pursue a path of terror.