“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.