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Ryan-Rubio 2012

Now more than ever?

7:01 PM, Apr 3, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Three months ago, in this space, I half-jokingly suggested a Ryan-Rubio ticket in 2012:

Having just returned from the e21 and Manhattan Institute-sponsored Conversation with Paul Ryan (very ably conducted by Paul Gigot)--and having seen Marco Rubio speak recently as well, I'll just say this: Wouldn't it be easier just to agree now on a Ryan-Rubio ticket, and save everyone an awful lot of time, effort, and money over the next year and a half?

 As I subsequently reported, I received many e-mails in response, of which these were representative:

“Excellent, excellent choices!  Unbeatable pair! I'm so excited - a reason for hope!”

“All I can say is: YES!!!!!”

A few days later, there arrived at the office a package of a few dozen Ryan-Rubio 2012 campaign buttons, sent by an enthusiast who wanted to do his part. They've been sitting on my desk, until I thought to bring them to Fox today, since the two guests on Fox News Sunday were...Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio. I offered one to Ryan to wear on the air, but for some reason he demurred! In any case, watch or read for yourself the Ryan and Rubio interviews, and make up your own mind about them as a possible ticket. All I can say is the buttons went like hotcakes to staff and guests the minute the show ended.

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