GOP presidential candiate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators at White House Senators confirm Erdoğan played 'propaganda' video in White House meeting MORE on Wednesday said that any White House hopeful would be lucky to add Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump Paul's demand to out whistleblower rankles GOP colleagues 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 TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE leads Cruz in the GOP nominating race by approximately 7 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.