Two GOP presidential candidates have had a cozier relationship than most, and it’s beginning to be clear as to why.
When asked by conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday to name a potential running mate as his VP choice, should he win the GOP nomination, the current frontrunner declined to take the bait, but did give more than a small hint — mentioning Ted Cruz as a possibility.
“Well, I like him,” Trump told Ingraham. “He’s backed everything I’ve said…Ted Cruz is now agreeing with me 100 percent.”
While that’s more than a bit of an exaggeration, as Trump has historically been all over the board on issues like taxes and healthcare while Cruz has been the most principled and consistently conservative in the race, it’s true that the two have seemingly at least formed a gentlemen’s agreement against attacking each other on the campaign trail.
“I like to think of victory, I’ve had a lot of victories, and I like to do victories first, then start thinking about other things,” the braggadocious Trump told Ingraham.
As Lifezette reported, Trump also made it clear on who he believes is definitely not going to be the GOP nominee:
“Rubio is not going to be the one … it’s not going to be Rubio,” Trump said, “Rubio is very, very weak on immigration — a member of the Gang of Eight.”
Rubio has come under increasing scrutiny of late for his role in the 2013 “Gang of Eight” amnesty push.
On Bush, Trump said that although “you can’t watch television without seeing a (Bush) ad, all paid for by special interests and lobbyists,” he believes the former governor’s campaign is finished.
Of course, Trump could have easily named low-tier Republican candidates like Lindsey Graham, Jim Gilmore and George Pataki, who have all hovered at within the margin of error of zero for several weeks, as the least likely to win the nomination, but Rubio and Bush are typically showing in the top five in most polls.
On Tuesday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced that he was dropping out of the race, still leaving fourteen candidates in the crowded GOP field, after Scott Walker and Rick Perry preceeded his departure.
As much as Donald Trump seems to respect Ted Cruz, Trump did indicate on Monday that if Cruz does continue to rise in the polls, that Trump would have to attack Cruz as well.
“If he catches on, I guess we’ll have to go to war,” he told host Joe Kernen on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
The first true candidate test will be the Iowa Caucus on February 1st. The next GOP debate is December 15, to be co-hosted by CNN and Salem Radio.