Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE said late Thursday that rival Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE would make a better president than Republican front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE.

"Marco is not my enemy, Marco and I are friends. Marco and I would both make a much better candidate and a much better president than would Donald," Cruz told CNN's Jake Tapper after Thursday's Republican debate.

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"I like Donald personally. He's a charming guy, although he can turn on you in an instant," Cruz continued. "I think it depends on what side of bed he woke up on."

During Thursday night's debate from Houston, both Cruz and Rubio directed their attacks toward Trump, who is riding high after three consecutive wins, in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. The debate comes ahead of Super Tuesday next week, where a dozen states will vote.

Cruz is hoping to fend of Trump in his home state of Texas, which votes on Tuesday.

During the debate the senator hit Trump for past liberal positions, questioning his conservative credentials.

Cruz, though, also jabbed at Rubio on Thursday, suggesting the Florida senator should have gone after Trump sooner this week.

"The only candidate who has ever beaten Trump or who is in a position to do so on Super Tuesday is us," Cruz said.