(CNN) - Newt Gingrich has at least one name on his list of potential running mates: GOP rival Mitt Romney.
"I think Mitt Romney is a very admirable person, and I'm not going to pick a fight with Mitt Romney," Gingrich said in an interview Wednesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
When asked if he would ever ask Romney to be his vice presidential nominee, Gingrich didn't mince words.
"I think the consensus is that he'd certainly be on the list, whether he'd want to or not," Gingrich said. "He's a very competent person. This is a very serious man. I would certainly support him if he became the Republican nominee."
Gingrich and Romney have sparred in recent days as the former House speaker's polling has steadily increased, surpassing Romney in key early voting states like Iowa and South Carolina.
Romney recently labeled Gingrich a career politician, and said Tuesday at an event in Arizona he would not be quiet about drawing distinctions between himself and his opponent.
Romney had previously focused much of his campaign on tearing down the record of President Barack Obama.
The full interview with Gingrich will air Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room" at 4 p.m. ET.
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