Cruz speaks highly of Rubio when asked about possible VP running mate
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[April 14, 2016]
By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican White
House hopeful Ted Cruz said on Wednesday he is looking at who he might
select as his vice presidential running mate should he become the
party's presidential nominee, and that he thinks highly of former rival
Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, appeared on a CNN town hall with
his wife, Heidi, and two daughters and showed a more personal side.
He trails front-runner Donald Trump in the race to get 1,237
delegates to seal the nomination, but he expressed confidence he can
emerge as the winner if he can chip away at Trump's lead and force
Republicans to pick their nominee at a contested convention in July.
Cruz said he and his team are looking at possible vice presidential
"We're in the process now of looking at a number of different
options," said Cruz without mentioning names.
Asked about Rubio, Cruz called him an "amazing communicator" who
inspired millions across the country in his presidential campaign.
"I consider Marco a friend," said Cruz, adding that "anyone would
naturally look at Marco" for the No. 2 position on the Republican
Cruz and Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, engaged in bitter
fights over illegal immigration during the campaign. Rubio was
forced from the race after losing the Florida Republican primary on
March 15. Cruz said they have now put those differences behind them.
The town hall included some exchanges that were aimed at showing
what Cruz is like at home. Heidi Cruz said that shortly after they
were married, her husband once brought home 100 cans of soup, a haul
that was so big she took them back.
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Asked if he had ever not followed his wife's advice, Cruz said he
could not remember any examples, but Heidi Cruz had a ready response
"Sometimes you donít take out the trash when I ask you to," she
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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