Kristol wants a Ryan–Rubio GOP ticket for 2012

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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On “Fox News Sunday,” Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol reiterated his support for a Paul Ryan–Marco Rubio presidential dream ticket.

“I think it should be Ryan-Rubio, but if Paul Ryan is a little hesitant to seize the moment, I think Marco Rubio has to do it and make Paul Ryan his vice president,” Kristol said. “But Ryan–Rubio or Rubio–Ryan would be a very strong ticket. These are two pretty spectacular speeches given on the floor of the House Thursday night, then on the floor of the Senate by Rubio yesterday.” (Marco Rubio: ‘Why we must save Medicare’)

While such a ticket between the House Budget chairman and the freshman Florida senator seems unlikely at this stage in the electoral game, Kristol explained how the drama over raising the debt ceiling has made the ticket more plausible.

“Yes, because the presidential candidates — Michele Bachmann is against any deal, Jon Huntsman’s for any deal,” he said. “The rest of them have been ducking or as we say in the Obama era, ‘Leading from behind.’ I think Republican primary voters would welcome a Ryan–Rubio ticket.”

Later in the show’s online segment, Kristol continued to make his case for the Ryan–Rubio ticket by citing recent history.

“A freshman senator named Barack Obama, if I recall, ran against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic establishment in 2007–2008,” Kristol said. “He did pretty well and Paul Ryan has been in Congress a lot longer than Barack Obama. And Marco Rubio has about the same amount of experience as a whole as Barack Obama. He was speaker of the Florida House. I think Ryan–Rubio would be a terrific young Republican ticket, a little bit of a change from the Bushes and the Doles.”