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Trump hints that he could choose Ted Cruz as his vice president

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It's hard to imagine Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump being able to share the ticket with anyone else. Even the billionaire real estate mogul himself says that he doesn't know whom he would pick to be his vice presidential candidate if he wins the nomination.

But Trump is giving out hints on who he likes, and this time it's someone he really likes, not "like" as in how he says he likes Mexico or China while demonizing them at the same time.

Speaking on "The Laura Ingraham Show," Trump said that he's become a big fan of firebrand Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Well, I like him," Trump said. "He's backed everything I've said … Ted Cruz is now agreeing with me 100 percent."

Cruz and Trump see eye-to-eye on issues such as border security and immigration, as well as their vocal opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and Pres. Barack Obama's plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S.

While Trump's comments may come as an endorsement that he would choose the Texas lawmaker as his veep, the boisterous billionaire hedged his bets and seemed to say that he had nomination fight to think of first.

"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," Trump told Ingraham.

While he seemed to extend an olive branch to Cruz, Trump also noted that if the senator continues his rise in the polls that the billionaire candidate would go on the attack.

"If he catches on, I guess we'll have to go to war," Trump said on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Trump added: "We'll see what happens but so far we haven't….He's been very supportive [and] we have a lot of the same ideas.

"Well, he's been very nice and supportive of everything I've said. More than anybody else."

Cruz, who has been getting a good deal of media attention over his squabble with Obama on the issue of Syrian refugees, is currently sitting fourth in the crowded GOP field behind Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Sen. Marco Rubio.

Trump also dismissed his two rivals from Florida, Rubio and  former Gov. Jeb Bush, who are seen as the GOP's establishment candidates.

"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."

The "Gang of Eight" reference comes from Rubio's participation in a group of lawmakers who attempted to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2013. The bill passed  in the Senate but stalled in the House.

Trump trashed Bush's for his super PAC, saying, "You can't watch television without seeing a [Bush] ad, all paid for by special interests and lobbyists." 

He added that he believes the former governor's campaign is almost finished.

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