Rubio and Ryan in political spotlight
December 4th, 2012
09:07 AM ET
5 years ago

Rubio and Ryan in political spotlight

Washington (CNN) - Two rising stars in the Republican party, each of whom may run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, give much anticipated speeches Tuesday night at a conservative gathering here in the nation's capital.

Sen. Marco Rubio, the freshman Republican from Florida, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget committee chairman and Mitt Romney's running mate on the GOP ticket in this year's presidential election, both share the stage at the Jack Kemp Foundation's award dinner at the Mayflower Hotel.

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The foundation, named after the famous conservative congressman, cabinet secretary and GOP vice presidential nominee, will honor the 41-year-old Rubio with the Kemp leadership award. Ryan, 42, won the same award last year. This year he gives the keynote address at the dinner.

Rubio will use his post-dinner speech to talk about ways to grow the economy and make creating jobs easier, about reducing health care costs for middle class families, and about the impact of societal breakdown, according to a Rubio adviser who asked to remain anonymous in order to speak freely.

The adviser also told CNN that Rubio will discuss education and giving people the skills to earn middle class wages in the 21st century. Rubio will emphasize early childhood education, school choice, and tax code reform and incentives in education. The adviser said Rubio will further address the rising costs of college, mention reforming federal loan and grant programs, and will highlight his own experience with college loans, which the senator just recently paid off.

Ryan's pre-dinner speech will partly focus on reducing poverty through education and will detail his thinking on how people of different income levels can improve their standing, according to a Republican source.

There are more than a dozen Republicans who may be considering 2016 bids, but political strategists say that Rubio and Ryan would be near the top of any potential lists.

The next presidential campaign is still a long way away, but because of Rubio and Ryan's star power, the Kemp Foundation awards dinner is firmly in the political spotlight.

Filed under: 2016 • Marco Rubio • Paul Ryan
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    These idiots are not even worth my dime.

    December 4, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    They are a voice lost, in the ObamaMania, of the majority, who simply seek hand outs from the government, for everything from college, to mortgages.

    No one in America, wants to make the effort, to earn their own way anymore. They support the socialist dictatorship.......sacrificing their freedom, for hand outs.

    December 4, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    The gop is going nowhere in 2016 but down !!!!!

    December 4, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Scott

    Good men both of them, Too bad the Democrats do not have anyone to offer up, just more of the three stooges mentality that the Democrats offer. Either one of these men are twice as better as any democrat., and Gurgyl, no one cares what you think, your not even worth a penny. Come 2016 we will have a Repuvblican President.

    December 4, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Just a thought

    Can we invest more in our educational system? The more educated the voting public, the less the support for the GOP/Tea-Potty candidates. Intellect and wisdom will always win over the greed and stupidity.

    December 4, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Rick McDaniel

    They are a voice lost, in the ObamaMania, of the majority, who simply seek hand outs from the government, for everything from college, to mortgages.

    A lesson, Rick. As offensive as you think you are, you are simply a little nobody posting silly comments to try and ruin the day of those whom you seem to dislike simply because they voted for a man you refuse to respect. To put your comment into perspective. I am a former Republican. With those such as you trying to control to party I grew up with and supported, I can never again vote Republican. I have never voted for free "stuff". I retired as a 30 year Executive Secretary (Administrative Assistant). My husband is a 10 Army Vet (1972-1982). We both worked for a major defense contractor here in Minnesota. We were both laid off in 2007. Neither of us has ever been on Welfare, Housing Allowance, Food Stamps, or any other "hand-out" program. We are a few years shy of owning our home. We own a small cabin with lake shore property which we enjoy as often as we can, where - during the summer months - we sit in our boat and commune with God and all He has blessed us with.

    So, yeah. We earned our own way. And voted our conscience. For Obama.

    December 4, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. w l jones

    The Media is running these loser into extention which is good for the country.

    December 4, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. RepublicanVomitBrains

    Republicans don't get it. Never have. Never will. They have no reason to exist.

    December 4, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Chupacabra

    Rubio (blondy in spanish) ..O well......does he shave yet?

    December 4, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Bevis

    Did you hear? Government is giving away free mortgages now, also
    free college loans.

    December 4, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. HenryMiller

    Rubio has proven himself to be a religion-blinded, superstitious, fool. I'd like to be able to vote for him, but I don't vote for fools, the present occupant of the Oval Office included.

    December 4, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Karl Jonas

    Yeah, cause being the man who sunk the Romney/Ryan campaign with bogus budget numbers and far right wing social policies makes you a "rising star" in the Republican Party. A "young gun" even!

    December 4, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    @Lynda please do not let these idiots worry you–because they are uneducated or color biased in 21st century. Do they know world is changing??? Nor they are exposed to the world. They are like a frog in the well. True. I stopped reading these regular posts from these guys. Nation is changing its color to blue. Sure.

    December 4, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    These two stand for change in the GOP/Tea Party? Sounds like more the same losing social and fiscal formulas.

    December 4, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    I am not a gal–I am a man, it is my pen name. I am a naturalized USA citizen for more than three decades. I am from India. Truly love this nation.

    December 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The GOP belongs in the Museum of Natural History... Extinct!

    December 4, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Roger

    This is the first time the Jack Kemp Foundation's award was given to someone that is ineligible to become POTUS. Rubio is a Native-born American meaning he was simply born here and not eligible. A natural born American is eligible to become POTUS because one of his or her parents were citizens during the childs birth. It is that simple.

    December 4, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rubio is not only the Republican puppet he's also Obama's puppet, he's talking about everything Obama has ran on, done and won on but if you notice, Rubio doesn't mention immigration reform. And then there's Ryan, a loser, are Republicans just stuck on the letter "R" just like their stuck back in time. Those old white Repugs aren't going to let these 2 wannabees run nothing.

    December 4, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota


    @Lynda please do not let these idiots worry you

    Thanks, Gurgyl !! I generally treat them with amused contempt which is really all they deserve. I am weary of the "free stuff" mantra, though. It's too offensive to ignore all the time.

    December 4, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Yonni

    We have seen Ryan on the day light he is not that a rising star that he was hyped up to be, but a congenital liar he can even tell the truth about his marathon running time. About Rubio we haven’t seen the whole picture yet but we know that he manufactured his biography and spend the RNC money like his own. We will wait and see the hype

    December 4, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. CommonSense 12

    Neither guy has the experience to be president of anything!!! I would say they're more like "rising fools" of the GOP that happen to be young...

    December 4, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. carlos

    the rube....poster baby,poster boy and now poster little man........

    December 4, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. carlos

    rising stars?????...more like falling boulders.........

    December 4, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Roger

    Ryan will never makei t thought the primaries...You can see right through him... he will repeat what the highest bidder tells him to and so will Rube. The Republican party has benn bought and its value has crashed.

    December 4, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. ST

    He, he, he. he! I have to laugh. Can GOP nominate these two lads and expect to win?? Really!!! I urge you to do it.

    December 4, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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