The Weekly Standard is again urging Mitt Romney to think big and go bold in his choice of running mate, making the case for him to pick Sen. Marco Rubio or Rep. Paul Ryan.
The magazine’s editor, William Kristol, and senior writer Stephen F. Hayes, urged the Republican presidential nominee to “Go bold!” by picking Rubio of Florida or Ryan of Wisconsin because, “more than anyone else, embody Republican hopes and conservative change.”
They lay out the argument that the selection of a running mate speaks loudly to voters in terms of why they should vote for him. “Voters seem to care,” they wrote
. “In a recent CBS News/New York Times poll, 74 percent of registered voters said the selection of a running mate will matter — 48 percent saying it matters "somewhat" and 26 percent saying it matters "a lot." In a close election, as this one seems likely to be, Romney’s pick could help determine the outcome.”
Making the case for Rubio, Kristol and Hayes write that Romney cannot win Florida with just 37 percent of the Hispanic vote and can’t win the presidency without Florida. “What to do? The Latino Decisions poll offers one possible answer: Pick Marco Rubio as your running mate. Some 31 percent of Florida Hispanics say they are more likely to vote for Romney if Rubio is on the ticket (47 percent say it would make no difference, and just 17 percent say it would make them less likely),” they wrote.
“The moment he’s picked, Rubio will become by far the most prominent Hispanic politician in the country,” they wrote. “And in a contest largely about competing visions of the American dream, against a president who has minimized the importance of hard work as a road to success, Rubio’s personal story, of a father who worked as a bartender and a mother as a maid to provide opportunities for their children, would provide a powerful counterargument.”
Putting Ryan on the ticket, they argued, “would ensure that the presidential race is a contest of ideas, not just personalities. In a country where conservatives outnumber liberals two-to-one and where President Obama is thought to be more likable than Mitt Romney by huge margins (+30 according to USA Today/Gallup, +38 in the Washington Post/ABC poll), this strikes us as a good idea.”
“If Ryan’s budget is going to be a central part of the debate over the next three months, who better to explain and defend it than Paul Ryan?” they wrote.
Picking Rubio or Ryan “would signal that Romney understands the magnitude of the problems facing the country and would demonstrate that he has the will to solve them. It would suggest that Romney knows this is a big moment, and that he’s willing to run a big campaign. And at a time when the country so desperately needs real leadership, Romney would make clear that he’s ready to provide it by picking either Ryan or Rubio,” Kristol and Hayes concluded.
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