Poll of GOP “insiders”: Rubio would be the strongest nominee in 2016
“It’s not just that our party has to reach beyond old white males,” one Republican said. “More fundamentally, we talk in terms of policies and numbers instead of addressing people’s real-life concerns. Rubio is the only one on the list who does that persuasively and relatably.”
Said another Republican, “The Latino Republican version of Obama/Kennedy — he inspires, he’s handsome, and what’s not to like?”
Interestingly, Paul Ryan failed to receive more than a few votes among the Insiders – for perspective, he received about as many votes as failed 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. The Wisconsin congressman is the closest thing the party has to a next-in-line successor, although it’s not clear if he will run for president again.