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Report: Cruz Says He's Interested in AG Job

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Ted Cruz visited Trump Tower on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By    |   Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 08:58 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is being coy in public, but privately is telling friends he is interested in being attorney general in the Donald Trump administration, The Hill reported.

Cruz spent "several hours" in Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday meeting with Trump and his transition team, but he would not commit to wanting the attorney general position – or any other job in the Trump White House during an interview Thursday morning on "Fox & Friends."

Cruz said only he would serve in "whatever capacity where I can have the greatest impact defending the principles that I was elected to defend, defending the principles of freedom, defending the Constitution."

Despite the talk, it is actually Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who is considered the frontrunner, according to USA Today.

Sessions was the first sitting member of the Senate to publicly back Trump's candidacy, but it was his own meeting with Trump on Thursday that singled him out above the other contenders, a senior staffer on the transition team told USA Today.

Sessions has served as a U.S. attorney in Mobile and was Alabama's attorney general.

Session's longtime loyalty contrasts with Cruz's bitter fight with Trump when both were vying for the GOP presidential nomination. Cruz was most recently booed off the stage at the Republican National Convention when he urged Republicans to vote their conscience, but would not specifically say he endorsed Trump.

But taking Cruz from the Senate could remove a potential rival there on several issues where conservative Republicans and Trump differ. And he would have the support of many conservative leaders.

"I have sent messages over to the transition that I am praying for a pro-life Attorney General and Secretary of HHS [Health and Human Services]," Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance told The Hill. "If I were making a dream team of a presidential cabinet, Ted Cruz would be the Attorney General."

"It would be a way of really tightening up relations with the Never Trumpers," Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell said. "It would be a strong move."

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