Though we’re what feels like an eternity from having a nominee solidified, it’s never too soon to start speculating about vice presidential choices. We’ve heard frontrunner Donald Trump hint at possibilities a number of times, but this may be the first we’ve really heard directly from Ted Cruz on the topic.
No surprise that Sen. Cruz is already exploring possibilities, and now he’s revealed one potential pick he says he’s ‘seriously’ considering.
Via Washington Times:
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.
Donald Trump said in a USA Today interview published earlier this week that he’d also consider Rubio as VP. He also mentioned John Kasich and Scott Walker in the same interview.
If Cruz were indeed to team up with Rubio, we’d have the first Cuban-Cuban ticket ever in the U.S., though no doubt the mainstream media would focus on the “white male” part of that.
But of course, as conservatives we’re focused on the candidates’ qualifications and positions, rather than the identity politics the party currently running two aging whites for president likes to tout.
Former candidate Carly Fiorina’s name has surfaced multiple times in speculation about Cruz’s VP choice — and, indeed, she has been an active surrogate for the candidate.
Who would you like to see as a potential Cruz running mate?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]