Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kristol: 2012 field needs new blood

The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol tells Fox News why he's been pushing a Paul Ryan/Marco Rubio 2012 presidential ticket.

"I've been amazed at the response I've gotten.... and I think it's because they are in the fight.

Paul Ryan is leading the budget fight on the Hill. Marco Rubio is one of these exciting, new senators.

These other people who are running are impressive people, but they're former -- Former governor of Massachusetts, former Speaker of the House, former governor of Minnesota -- and we have this huge fight going on in Washington and around the country about the future of the nation, about debt and deficits, and spending and taxes.

Ryan and Rubio are in the fight. Governor Christie of New Jersey is in the fight. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is in the fight.

It would be a little weird to have this huge fight in 2011 and the beginning of 2012, and then turn around and nominate someone who hasn't really been a central player in it.

So that, I think, is why there's some possibility that a Ryan, or a Walker, or a Christie could get it in in September or October if the field hasn't excited Republican voters, so far.

It's a great argument, and can also partly explain Michele Bachmann's success (and make no mistake: she seems to get it, and appears to be making a calculated effort to highlight her relevancy).