Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ryan, Rubio each reject parts of Romney

Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan spoke at the Jack Kemp Foundation's Leadership Award Dinner last night, and both distanced themselves from Mitt Romney's two biggest rhetorical duds.

Ryan seemed to take on Romney's "47%" comments...

“Both parties tend to divide parties into our voters and their voters. Let's be very clear: Republicans must steer far clear of that trap.”

... While Rubio seemed to take on Romney's post-election "gifts" comments.

“Some say that our problem is that the American people have changed, that too many people want things from government,” he said. “But I am still convinced that the overwhelming majority of our people just want what my parents had: A chance, a real chance to earn a good living, and provide even better opportunities for their children.”

And as The Hill's Cameron Joseph notes, 2016 double-entendres were flying everywhere.

“I'll see you at the reunion dinner, table for two. You know any good diners in New Hampshire or Iowa?” Ryan joked to Rubio during his speech. “I’m sure the press won’t read too much into that.”

Rubio shot back later with a smile, saying that he appreciated the offer, but “will not stand by and watch the people of South Carolina ignored.”

Ryan has the policy chops Rubio is keen on getting, and Rubio has the charisma Ryan needs to complete the package.

We'll see which attribute voters seem to value more, but in mass, general elections, charisma nearly always seems to win out.