Sen. Marco Rubio may have just endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz

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Will Rubio Endorse Cruz Soon?

In his first interview since dropping out of the 2016 race for the White House, Florida Senator Marco Rubio may have just thrown his support behind former GOP rival Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

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On Tuesday Rubio appeared on conservative host Mark Levin's new video podcast for an interview where he said:

"I want the Republican nominee to be a conservative ... and the best person -- and in my view the only person at this moment of the candidates still currently campaigning -- is Ted Cruz."

Ever since suspending his campaign nearly a month ago after losing his home state in the Republican primary, Rubio has been mum on any endorsements.

Talk show host Hugh Hewitt on MSNBC added: "Mark Levin is 100 percent with Ted Cruz. For Sen. Rubio to ... sit down with Levin and say 'I want him [Cruz] to be the real conservative' -- that's an endorsement in all but name and I think that's very significant."

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Sen. Marco Rubio may have just endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz

Nikki Haley -- This popular governor could be a big help to a Cruz ticket.

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Carly Fiorina -- UPDATE: News that Cruz had picked Fiorina leaked on April 27.  

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Glenn Beck -- The conservative radio star hasn't formally dipped his toe into politics, but he's a big fan of Cruz. 

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Mitt Romney -- The former Republican nominee may not be on the short list, but he'd offer balance to the Cruz ticket. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Marco Rubio -- Some believe the Texas senator's former rival might be actively campaigning for the job behind the scenes.

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Jeb Bush -- Cruz once worked for Jeb's brother during the 2nd Bush administration.

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Donald Trump -- One thing's almost certain: Trump won't be a running mate for Cruz, and Cruz won't be Trump's.

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Also in the wide ranging interview on "Levin TV," Rubio took aim at the GOP debates, criticizing the way they're promoted as spectacles similar to that of reality television.

"Most of these debates were promoted and conducted as entertainment ... let's see what someone's going to say about so and so and the entire debate is judged based on who got in the best zingers, who got in the best lines, what was the most dramatic moment," Rubio said.

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The start of a Cruz-Rubio ticket?

Although Rubio isn't running for the GOP nomination, the delegates he has collected during the primary will still be bound to him during the convention later this year.

In the "Levin TV" episode, Rubio also shot down any rumors of being a running mate for billionaire-turned-politician Donald Trump, who is also battling against Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

"I'm not going to be the vice president," Cruz said.

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