GOP presidential candiate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Trump has had a rough October Hillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters MORE on Wednesday said that any White House hopeful would be lucky to add Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours Erdoğan got the best of Trump, experts warn MORE (R-Fla.) to his or her ticket.

“Anyone would naturally look at Marco as a terrific candidate for vice president,” he said during a CNN town hall in New York. "You’d be a fool not to consider him. He’s very, very talented. I think the world of Marco.


“He is one of the best communicators in the Republican Party," the Texas senator added. "He ran a campaign that inspired millions of people. It inspired me.”

Cruz stopped short of saying Rubio, who ended his own bid for the White House in March, is in the mix for his potential running mate.

“We’re in the process of looking now at a number of different options,” he told host Anderson Cooper. "I think very, very highly of Marco.”

Cruz also said he bears no ill will toward Rubio after they sometimes traded barbs during the Republican primary.

“It’s a campaign,” he said. "He was trying to beat me, I was trying to beat him. That’s what happens in a campaign.”

Rubio praised Cruz earlier on Wednesday, arguing that his former rival remains the only true conservative in the GOP nominating race.

"[He is the] only one that fits that criteria,” he said of Cruz on “Levin TV,” before adding he means candidates “actively campaigning.”

Rubio suspended his own Oval Office bid last month after finishing second in his home state’s GOP presidential primary.

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE leads Cruz in the GOP nominating race by approximately 7 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.